Who Was The Famous William Morris?
One of the 19th century's most famous names, William Morris is still revered today for his work in art and design. Here’s how William Morris became so vastly influential and why his work can still be found across the world today.
Who Was William Morris?
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful" - William Morris
William Morris & The Victoria and Albert Museum
William Morris was closely involved with the Victoria and Albert Museum and is still a celebrated designer at the museum. He famously designed ‘The Green Dining Room’ at the V&A. This was one of his first commissions, but his relationship with the museum was lifelong. In 1876 he became an examiner at the South Kensington Museum's art school. In 1884 he was invited to join the Museum's Committee of Art Referees and helped the institution make decisions on the purchase of new holdings.
Morris advised on many acquisitions as well as contributing personally to the Museum's collections. He
visitedregularly visited the museum and its collections, borrowing design ideas or making notes on and recreating methods of textile construction.
Following his death, his daughter Mary Morris carefully managed his legacy and maintained a long relationship with the V&A, even bequeathing a sizable collection of her father’s work to the museum in her will.
“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all details of daily life.”- William Morris
William Morris Today
William Morris’s legacy lives on today in many ways. His designs have been immortalised through his work with the V&A, and Morris and Co is a renowned design company with patterns that can be found across the world in fabric, wallpaper, textiles and more.
Our William Morris collection inspired by the V&A contains an exclusive set of prints that celebrate William Morris's work. From impeccable floral prints combined with elegant initials, to lovely animal silhouettes decorated with instantly recognisable Arts and Crafts motifs, browse our completely unique William Morris prints.
Each piece is printed on luxury Etching Cotton Rag 315 GSM fine art paper, using a 12-colour printer. We use light-fast ink on our prints, which creates art that is more striking and dramatic than ever before.
Browse William Morris Art Inspired By The V&A