Woodstocker Books





by Christopher Menz, foreword by Ron Radford

Publisher: Art Gallery Of South Australia

ISBN-13: 978-0730830290

188pp   9 ½ x 12” 147 color, 28 b-w illus.  hardcover

“.… a thoroughly gorgeous book.”  William Morris Society   “…rich in quotes from primary source material, such as a letter from a Victorian housewife reassuring her husband that she would teach the family dog to stay off the Morris Carpet.” 

Exquisitely  produced, this hard to find hardcover features the largest collection of Morris’ designs outside of Great Britain. While Morris' patterns and his legacy are enduring, many cognoscenti have not seen the quantity and scope of the works here as many were produced for wealthy Australian patrons. The Aussies were the most devoted of his collectors outside of Great Britain. Linked in spirit and genealogy to England,  the wealthy commissioned numerous designs (some homes were fully decorated with exclusive patterns). Morris established his firm, Morris & Co., in 1861 with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and other like-minded artist-craftsmen. Shown are their most beloved designs – by Morris and daughter, May, Edward Burne-Jones, J.H. Dearle, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  Included are furniture, textiles, even room settings. Text on Morris’ life and career.  For the general public as well as serious collectors.   

  Special feature are five 18½ x 23½ inch pullouts (beautiful enough to be framed).             

Designs include

Furnishings fabrics -- Bird, Borage, Bourne, Brer Rabbit, Cherwell, Compton, Crown Imperial, 

Daffodil, Dove and Rose, Eden, Evenlode, Eyebright, Golden Bough, Honeysuckle,  Lodden, 

Medway, St. James, Strawberry Thief, Tulip, Willow Bough, Windrush 

Furniture -- Adjustable chair, Rossetti armchair, sideboard, Sussex armchair & settee

Carpets -- Holland Park, Lily, Montreal, Small Barr, Wreath 

Embroideries -- Acanthus, Adelaide, Orchard or Fruit Garden, Pomegranate, Apple Tree, Poppy, 

Tudor Rose, Welcome maids of honour

Stained glass -- Adoration of the Magi, Celebration of Peace, Federation, Light of World

Tapestries -- Adoration of Magi, David Instructing Solomon in Building of the Temple                         

Tiles & ceramics -- Daisy, Swan

Wallpapers -- Acanthus, Apple, Double Bough, Honeysuckle, Iris, Lily, Pink and Rose, St. James, 

Sunflower, Trellis, Wild Tulip, Willow Bough   Books/Kelmscott Press & Chiswick Press & Catalogues                     

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