Saturday, 19 July 2014

NPG and William Morris

you may not immediately see the link between William Morris, beardy Victorian socialist, and the 1951 Festival of Britain with its space-age aspirations, but the upcoming exhibition ANARCHY & BEAUTY, opening on 16 October, aims to show you..

Curated by acclaimed author and biographer Fiona MacCarthy, the display features original furniture and textiles designed and owned by Morris as well as the work of his contemporaries including Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. These will be innovatively showcased alongside remarkable books, jewellery, ceramics and clothing by craftspeople such as Eric Gill, Bernard Leach and Terence Conran, demonstrating how Morris’s legacy continued into the twentieth century, influencing radical politics, the Garden City movement and the Festival of Britain in 1951

William Morris by C Fairfax Murray 

and for a comprehensive account of ALL portraits of Morris - paintings, drawings, caricatures, busts, photographs - go to Carol Blackett-Ord's scholarly list of All Known Portraits in the LATER VICTORIAN CATALOGUE on NPG website.  Which links through to all those in the NPG collection and many elsewhere:

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