William Morris Full-Color Patterns and Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)

October 31, 2020
William Morris Full-Color Patterns and Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)

Defining beauty in art as the result of man's pleasure in hiswork, the noted English poet, designer, craftsman and pioneerSocialist William Morris (1834–1896) spent most of his lifeenthusiastically expounding this view through his many attractivedesigns for interior furnishings.The present book faithfully reproduces 40 of the most celebratedexamples of Morris's work, reprinting in full color all the colorplates from The Art of William Morris, published by GeorgeBell & Sons in 1897. Included in this splendid, ready-to-usearchive are richly detailed wallpaper designs incorporatingmarigold, vine, acanthus, apple, wild tulip, daisy and trellismotifs; hand-painted tiles with a rose pattern; chintzes displayinghoneysuckle and bird and anemone designs; an acanthus design onprinted velveteen; a superb peacock and dragon design on woven wooltapestry; a magnificent Kidderminster carpet with its lilymotif.Originally intended to decorate Victorian homes, these tastefulpatterns provide a wealth of source material for modern artistsworking in advertising, textile, residential or industrial design.Commercial artists and graphic designers will welcome this modestlypriced collection of copyright-free designs by one of the mostinfluential artists of the Victorian period.