Flower Motifs, Examples of the Works of William Morris from the William Morris Society

February 4, 2010

Pomona  Courtesy of William Morris Society

Pomona Courtesy of William Morris Society

William Morris was such a protean figure that the following sections of the William Morris Society website can only provide a guide to his life and works. Two of the four sections of the website illustrate Morris’ Art and Life, containing introductory material, examples, and links to additional material found on the website.

  • Art: Morris’s work in the visual and decorative arts, including book design, calligraphy, furniture, decorative arts, paintings, drawings, stained glass, tapestries, textiles, and wallpapers
  • Life: A general introduction to William Morris, offering biography, a chronology, and links to the places and people with which he was associated.
One example of his appreciation of flowers as art and symbolism is shown in his correspondence to the Pre-Raphaelite painter, Rossetti and his painting “Dante”. “Paradise pecking roses, and nestling, and singing birds lustily.  There is a floor of tall buttercups and hyacynths, and lilies, among which the five figures are treading ankle deep.  Coloured calm, above all pain, all passion, and all pride, reigns the atmosphere.  There they walk in knowledge, love, and beauty evermore.” Excerpt from “An Anthology of Writings : Some Principles of Decorating – Interior Design and His Contemporaries with Information about His Early Years of the Arts and Crafts Movement in England.
The Morris Society notes the following:

5 March–5 June – Facing the Late Victorians: Portraits of Writers and Artists from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, exhibition at the Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa, FL. Occassioned by the Nineteenth Century Association’s annual conference, “Theatricality and the Performative in the Long Nineteenth Century.

Evenlode  Courtesy William Morris Society

Evenlode Courtesy William Morris Society

Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts
of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites

Conference at the Univesity of Delaware, Winterthur Museum and Delaware Art Museum, 7–9 October 2010
Proposals due 15 March 2010



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