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Strawberry Thief

Photo credit: William Morris Society

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'Strawberry Thief', one of Morris’s best-known designs, is an eight-colour indigo discharge printed cotton, leaving a white ground, a technique which Morris began to explore and perfected after moving the Morris & Co. premises from Queen Square to Merton Abbey in 1881. Here the convenient premises and soft water gave Morris a fresh impetus and he trained local boys as his staff in a neat and orderly dye-house with the smell of grass and flowers from the surrounding gardens. 'Strawberry Thief' was a design inspired when Morris watched the thrushes in his garden eating strawberries and remains one of Morris's most recognisable and popular designs.

Kelmscott House



Strawberry Thief




printed cotton


H 137 x W 94 cm

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Textile art


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