"So I say, if you cannot learn to love real art; at least learn to hate sham art and reject it."
William Morris (1834–1896) was an English painter, designer, craftsman, poet, and social reformer associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He began his career as an architect, but soon switched careers after meeting Rossetti and Burne-Jones.
After building a home for his family in 1859 (the "Red House"), Morris' furnishing and decorating style opened the doors to the idea for his decorating firm. In 1861, under the title Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company, Morris and Company was established. Morris' frustration with the current style of home decorations propelled his creativity, through his company, to produce furniture, stained glass, wallpaper, decorated tiles, jewelry, embroideries, and tapestries. The designs created by him and his colleagues set a president in Victorian style.
"Queen Guinevere" (1857) Oil on canvas. Tate Britain, London, UK.
"SapphoThe Adoration of the Magi" (designed 1888, woven 1894) Tapestry, wool and silk on cotton warp, 258 x 384 cm - 101 1/8 x 151 1/4 in. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK.
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