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William Morris (1834–1896)

Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

(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.

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


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