Artist Profile: William Morris (1834-1896)

The celebrated collective works of William Morris left quite the impact on the design world. 

His detailed pattern work, famed for its intricate detailing and organic forms, are still enjoyed in many forms today — be that via wallpaper, textiles, homewares, or of course art prints. 

William Morris The Strawberry Thief Print

William Morris Cock Pheasant Print

William Morris Blue Marigold Art Print

The acclaimed English artist and designer was born in March of 1834 in Walthamstow, UK. 

During his school years he’s said to have developed a deep appreciation for literature and architecture — and it was this education that set him on a path which ultimately led to him starting his own design firm, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.

The new company had a keen focus on reviving traditional craftsmanship, working with talented collaborators to create and sell a range of furnishings and decorative art pieces.

Over the years Morris created a remarkable body of work that included some of the most famous and enduring pieces in the history of design.

Of course whilst Morris worked across various artistic disciplines, it is his textile designs that remain among his most celebrated and recognised works. 

Inspired by the wonders of nature, his patterns showcased opulent flora and fauna motifs, mesmerizing geometrics, and tapestry-like intricacy. Designs such as "Strawberry Thief," depicting a bird stealthily collecting strawberries, and "Willow Boughs," featuring elegant willow branches, captivate viewers with their timeless beauty and artisanal mastery.

Another area where Morris made a lasting impact was wallpaper design. His wallpapers boasted rich hues, intricate patterns, and themes inspired by nature. Exquisite creations like "Golden Lily," with its luxurious golden blooms, "Bird and Pomegranate," displaying avian wonders amidst pomegranate branches, and the enchanting "Trellis" design brought a touch of elegance and harmony to countless homes and public spaces.

To honour his enduring legacy, the William Morris Museum stands as a testament to the artist's life and work. Located in Walthamstow, the museum offers visitors a glimpse into Morris's creative process, displaying his iconic designs, original artwork, and personal artifacts. It serves as a remarkable tribute to a visionary artist who continues to inspire generations via his unwavering dedication to beauty and craftsmanship.

William Morris's masterpieces have transcended time, weaving together the past and present, and reminding us of the profound impact that art can have on our lives and surroundings.

Explore our exquisite collection of iconic William Morris prints and exhibition posters, available in a range of sizes. Each piece is printed on premium museum-grade fine art paper, utilising the finest quality inks to capture an authentic and immersive experience.

William Morris Exhibition Prints and Posters

Acanthus William Morris Exhibition PosterAcanthus William Morris Exhibition Poster


William Morris Trent 1888 PosterWilliam Morris Trent 1888 Poster


William Morris Green Tulip Exhibition PosterWilliam Morris Green Tulip Exhibition Poster


William Morris Honeysuckle and Tulip PrintWilliam Morris Honeysuckle and Tulip Print


William Morris Monochrome Exhibition PosterWilliam Morris Monochrome Exhibition Poster


William Morris Jasmine Pattern PrintWilliam Morris Jasmine Pattern Print



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