The Art of Wallpaper - Morris & Co.

Explore the legacy of William Morris in over 130 archived works from the Morris & Co. archives at this exhibition held in Dovecot Studios!

The Art of Wallpaper - Morris & Co.

About The Art of Wallpaper - Morris & Co.

28th Jan 2022 to 11th Jun 2022
10am - 5pm
Dovecot Studios Ltd
10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1LT
£10.50
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William Morris (1834-1896) was a poet, craftsman, fervent socialist and one of the world’s most successful pattern designers.

This exhibition focuses on his legacy and features over 130 works from the Morris & Co archives. The collection includes some of Morris’s most famous patterns as well as wallpapers by acclaimed 19th and 20th Century designers, such as, Owen Jones, Dresser, Pugin, and Voysey.

The Art of Wallpaper features over 130 works from the Sanderson and Morris & Co. archives spanning from the 1830s to the 1920s. Including framed original samples, as well as interior layouts, the exhibition will place the visitor into the 19th and 20th century interiors these wallpapers were made for. It is the first time many of these historic samples have been exhibited in the UK.

The largest section of the exhibition focuses on William Morris, and his legacy. Key works include rare formal Victorian designs that predate Morris, Victorian woodblocks and ‘kin-karakami’, the Japanese wallpaper produced for export which inspired him.

William Morris advocated living 'a beautiful life'. A British craftsman and pioneer of modern design, Morris started designing wallpapers in the 1860s. Within a decade, he was creating some of his most enduring designs including 'Larkspur', 'Jasmine' (both 1872), 'Willow' (1874) and 'Marigold' (1875).

The exhibition is curated by Mary Schoeser, and produced by Dovecot Studios with the Sanderson Design Group Archive. It charts a collection of wallpapers by acclaimed 19th and 20th Century designers, including Morris, Owen Jones, Dresser, Pugin, and Voysey.

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