Christmas Craft Fair, 12 and 13 December at Kelmscott House

Don’t miss the William Morris Society’s first Christmas Craft Fair in the newly refurbished Coach House at Kelmscott House Museum! Celebrate the festive season with a mince pie and glass of wine in the unique setting of the historic Coach House at William Morris’s magical riverside home in Hammersmith as you browse for those extra …

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New Book The History of Kelmscott House by Helen Elletson published by the William Morris Society

The William Morris Society has just published The History of Kelmscott House by Helen Elletson. This new book by the cuator of the William Morris Society and Kelmscott House Museum, tells the story of the “most beautiful house in London” in Hammersmith which Morris bought in 1879. While living there he set up the Kelmscott …

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The Days of Creation Lecture 18 November at Harvard

On Wednesday, 18 November, Miriam Stewart, assistant curator, Department of Drawings, Harvard Art Museums, will speak on The Days of Creation – In-Sight: Looking Deeper and Differently at Harvard’s Sackler Museum. When Henry James saw Edward Burne-Jones’s watercolor series The Days of Creation exhibited in 1877, he noted the artist’s “imagination, his fertility of invention, …

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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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Edward Burne-Jones: The Earthly Paradise at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart has on through 7 February 2010 an exhibition of Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898), It’s a major show, but not, as claimed, the first on this artist’s work ever to be presented in Germany. Some idea of the content and theme can be found in the web announcement: Myths, legends and sagas come to …

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Another 175th Anniversary—at William Morris House, Wimbledon

William Morris is unique among British historical figures in that there are no fewer than four buildings associated with him have been preserved and are open to the public: Water House, Walthamstow (now the William Morris Gallery), Red House, Bexleyheath (owned by the National Trust), Kelmscott House, Hammersmith (home of the William Morris Society), and …

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Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago

Having seen a proof of the catalogue, I can’t say enough good things about Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago, which opens on 7 November at the Art Institute of Chicago. The press release only tells half the story: This is the first Arts and Crafts exhibition mounted at the Institute …

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Ezperiments in Colour: Exhibition at the William Morris Gallery

From 10 October through 24 January 2010, the William Morris Gallery, London has on a most interesting exhibition which explores the remarkable collaboration between William Morris and the Victorian textile entrepreneur, Thomas Wardle (1831–1909). Together they experimented with natural dyes and printing techniques and their interest in color led them to a joint fascination with …

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