Book arts

Morris’s Calligraphic Masterpieces Exhibition at the William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery summer show explores William Morris’s remarkable achievements in calligraphy and manuscript illumination. From his early—and continuous—interest in medieval manuscripts to the founding of the Kelmscott Press, Morris was enraptured by beautiful books. The exhibition focuses on the 1870s, his most intense period of calligraphic activity, often collaborating with Edward Burne-Jones on …

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Website for Facing the Late Victorians

A follow-up to one of our earlier posts: there is now a website for the Facing the Late Victorians: Portraits of Writers and Artists from the Mark Samuels Lasner exhibition at the Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa, FL. The exhibition, which contains portraits of Edward Burne-Jones, William and May Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Algernon Swinburne, …

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Facing the Late Victorians Exhibition at the Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa, FL

When the Tampa Bay Hotel opened in 1891, hotel guests were reading Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Hardy, and George Eliot and talking about the latest paintings by James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. They congregated on the veranda and in the Grand Salon to recite the poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson and chuckled with …

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Morris Society Calls for Papers—MLA 2011 Updated

William Morris SocietyCALLS FOR PAPERS (updated) 2011 Modern Language Association Annual Convention6-9 January 2011, Los Angeles, CA 1. “Morris and the Arts: Books, Painting, Crafts, Architecture“ This is a regular session sponsored by the William Morris Society in the United States. We seek 15-minute papers which deal with William Morris and his close associates’ work …

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Call for Papers: Morris and the ArtsWilliam Morris Society Session at the MLA Convention 2011

After many years of holding its conventions in late December, the Modern Language Association (MLA) has changed the time of its annual meeting to early January, and will meet next on 6–9 January 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. Changes in Allied Organization session procedures mean that the William Morris Society has only one confirmed 2011 …

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Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-RaphaelitesCall for papers—proposals due 15 March 2010

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWAREWINTERTHUR MUSEUM & COUNTRY ESTATEDELAWARE ART MUSEUM7–9 October 2010 “Useful and Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites” will be the subject of a conference and related exhibitions to be held 7–9 October 2010 at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and at the Delaware Art Museum and the Winterthur …

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The Kelmsoctt Chaucer in Miniature

The Kelmscott Chaucer, the masterpiece of William Morris’s Kelmscott Press, published a few months before Morris’s death in 1896, was described by its illustrator, Edward Burne-Jones, as a “pocket cathedral.” How big a pocket might hold the original (a folio) is hard to imagine but we have received word that there is a version which …

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Morris in The Time Traveller’s Wife

I didn’t see the film, The Time Traveller’s Wife, nor did I particularly want to. Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 novel is he kind of book which would only be ruined in by cinematic treatment. Leave it in my memory as a wonderful read, unsullied by a director’s interpretation, actors’ voices, and the simplification and manipulation which …

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The Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource

It is almost inconceivable that one institution could have as many as 2,300 works by the Pre-Raphaelites and their associates, and perhaps even more unbelievable that all of them could be digitized and made available online. Yet it’s true. All of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s massive collection—paintings and drawings major, minor, iconic, and …

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Save the Date! Useful and Beautiful Conference in Delaware, October 2010

Save the Date!Useful and Beautiful:The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites7–9 October 2010Newark and Wilmington, DEA conference and related exhibitions, 7-9 October 2010, at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and at the Delaware Art Museum and the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate (Wilmington, DE). Organized with the assistance of the William Morris …

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