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The Friends of the William Morris Gallery

William Morris at Lambeth

Gardens of William Morris, an illustrated talk by Jill, Duchess of Hamilton, will take place on Wednesday, 21 March, at the Garden Museum in Lambeth.

Morris is usually associated with house interiors, the Arts & Crafts Movement and the revival of medieval crafts, but Jill Hamilton shows an overlooked side of this complex artist – his passion for gardens.

In a lively mix of biography, anecdote and horticulture, she will analyse the eight gardening principles of Morris and his ideas on green cities and the need for open spaces.

She will examine the influences which shaped Morris’s outlook on art and gardens, discuss the gardens at the three houses he owned (the Red House, Kelmscott Manor and Kelmscott House), and look at the overlap between his principles in garden design and the design in his fabric and tile patterns.

Following the discussion, you are invited to stay for a two-course meal and glass of wine in the Garden Cafe.

Doors open at 6pm,  event begins at 6.30pm, at the museum in Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7LB. Tickets are £15 (£10 for Museum Friends and Friends of the William Morris Gallery). Dinner tickets are £20 (vegan option available). Book seats and meals on 020 7401 8865.

Those arriving at 6pm will have time to view the current exhibition, From Garden City to Green City. It explores historic and futuristic visions of growing in the city.

Featured in the exhibition is William Morris’s Utopian book, News from Nowhere. On display is an early 1893 copy by Kelmscott Press that once belonged to museum curator and Kelmscott collecter, Sydney Cockerell.

Find the museum website at www.gardenmuseum,org.uk

 

 

 

February 23, 2012 | Category: News | no responses

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