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William MORRIS

Great Britain 1834 – 1896



London commenced 1875 – 1940


Peacock and dragon design: 1878 Place made: England
Materials & Technique: textiles, woven wool

Dimensions: 289.5 h x 250.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2000
Accession No: NGA 2000.52

The textile designs of the architect and designer William Morris are some of the richest expressions of 19th century English decorative arts. Based on 15th and 16th century Sicilian weavings, this furnishing fabric was one of the most popular of Morris’ designs. Its design, produced in several different colourways, shows his characteristic use of plant and floral motifs, intertwined with powerful imagery of mythical animals in a rich and dense fabric suitable for the Gothic and medieval themes of his company’s production and his interior furnishing schemes.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design