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(b Walthamstow, Essex [now in Greater London], 24 Mar. 1834; d London, 3 Oct. 1896). English designer, craftsman, writer, painter, and visionary socialist. As a student at Oxford University he formed a lifelong friendship with Burne-Jones and began to write poetry and to study medieval architecture. In 1856 he was apprenticed to the architect G. E. Street, but soon left to paint under Rossetti's guidance—his only finished oil painting, Queen Guenevere (1858, Tate, London), is strongly Pre-Raphaelite. In 1859, Morris married Jane Burden, who appears in numerous paintings by Rossetti as an archetypal femme fatale; Morris's architect friend Philip Webb built the famous Red House, Bexleyheath, for the couple. With Webb, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown, P.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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