The William Morris Gallery is the only museum in the world specifically devoted to the life, work and influence of William Morris (1834-1896), the artist, craftsman, writer, socialist and environmental campaigner.
William Morris was born in Walthamstow and the Gallery is housed in his former family home ‘Water House’, where he spent his formative years in the 1840s and 50s. The Gallery was established by the Borough of Walthamstow (now the London Borough of Waltham Forest) and was opened in 1950 by the then Prime Minister, Clement Attlee.
The Gallery’s collections are of international significance and include examples of all William Morris’s artistic activities as well as an important archive of manuscripts and printed material. As well as work by Morris and his circle, the Gallery has very significant and in some cases unique collections of artifacts and designs by Morris’s followers; the protagonists of the Arts & Crafts Movement, the only major art movement to have originated in Britain. It also houses the Brangwyn Gift (donated by the artist Sir Frank Brangwyn R.A. (1867-1956)) of paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture by 19th– and early 20th-century British and Continental artists.
Image use: Images of objects in the collection are available for reproduction from William Morris Gallery, please contact the gallery for more information and prices.