William Morris Tour
Reacting to what he saw as lack of style in typical Victorian drawing rooms, Morris' stunning work with colour and design opposed the trend for dark over-decorated living spaces. A famous architect, furniture and textile designer, associated with the 19th Century Arts and Crafts Movement which influenced many English houses, his iconic prints and designs are still very popular today and his work with stained glass, wallpapers, carpets and printing remains much in evidence.
Tour highlights include:
- Liberty of London, the gorgeous Regent Street store synonymous with luxury since 1875, where Morris' designs are in abundance on anything from silk scarves to stationary.
- William Morris Gallery at Water House - Morris's teenage home and now the best collection of work by Morris and his contemporaries.
- William Morris Society Headquarters.
- Standen, built by Philip Webb, an architectural friend and colleague of Morris. The interior, furniture and furnishings are by Morris & Co.
- Kelmscott Manor, Morris' summer home, containing many of his works.
- Emery Walker's House
- Oxford, to see examples of his beautiful stained glass work in cathedral and church windows.
- Morris & Co windows at All Saints Church at Selsley and the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum.
- Wightwick Manor and one of his more unique interiors.
Photographs: Main image: Wightwick Manor ©NTPL/Andrew Butler; Dining Room in Emery Walker's House ©Emery Walker Trust; Liberty of London, London ©VisitBritain/Britain on View.