Currently at National Portrait Gallery: Anarchy & Beauty explores the legacy of Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris.

You may already be familiar with William Morris' work, even if you're just a fan of the Morris & Co. range here at Heathcote & Ivory. William Morris was one of the most influential British designers of the nineteenth century, and remains one of the best known today.

William Morris Anarchy Beauty at National Portrait Gallery - Golden Lily


Artist, philosopher, poet and political theorist, he was also an outstanding and influential designer. Under his direction, Morris & Co. grew into a flourishing and fashionable decorating firm, renowned for its wallpapers and textiles. Some of those iconic designs now feature today in the Heathcote & Ivory product range, including the classic designs Strawberry Thief and Golden Lily.

William Morris Anarchy Beauty at National Portrait Gallery - Strawberry Theif


Morris' talents spanned a range of fields during the course of his illustrious career. Much more than a designer, he was a socialist, scholar, translator and publisher, an environmental campaigner, writer and poet, and had a colourful and inspiring life story to match his vivid personality.

Through portraits, personal items and fascinating objects (many of which are on display for the first time to the public) the Anarchy & Beauty exhibition illustrates Morris’ concept of ‘art for the people’ and highlights his achievements, and those of the artists he inspired, demonstrating his influence into the twentieth century.

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.

Curated by acclaimed author and biographer Fiona MacCarthy, the exhibition is on at National Portrait Gallery from 16th October 2014 to 11th January 2015.

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