It was a bit of a trek to Walthamstow but eventually the William Morris Gallery came into view, standing out from everything else in the surrounding area. Having been redeveloped in 2012, it looks very smart and has an excellent park attached, not to mention the cafe which, although fairly small, had lots of tempting items.
It was good to see so many children enjoying the exhibits which were well organised and documented.
I started first by trying to find the Ladies which was a bit tricky as the doors were covered in William Morris prints which was tantamount to camouflage!
Here are the exhibition photos.
|Well known for his wallpaper and fabric designs, this was his first wallpaper design.|
|How the design was developed.|
|Letter from Morris to his sister dated 1848, showing the efficient use of paper in those days|
|Oxford University Union murals completed by Rosetti, Burne-Jones and Morris in 1857 although their lack of experience showed when they painted directly onto the whitewashed walls and within months the murals began to deteriorate.|
|Chair designed by Morris|
|Wallpaper designed for Queen Victoria|
|Window by Burne-Jones|
|Morris' Oxford Street shop|
|Wallpaper pattern book|
|Stained glass window|
|Wall hanging by Yinka Shonibare|
|Somewhere to sit and admire the views!|
|Looking out at the beautiful Lloyds park|
|Looking down onto William Morris himself by the gift shop|
|Yinka Shonibare has recreated photos from the Morris photo album|
|These were commissioned by the Gallery|
|Water House where Morris lived, which is now the William Morris Gallery|
I decided to return via Blackhorse Road tube station passing this mural on the way.
|This large mural to welcome people to the Blackhorse Road/Walthamstow area cost £13,000, here's an article about it. Whilst looking on the internet to see what it was all about, I came across the Blackhorse Workshop which sounds a great place.|
Home again. Let's get the kettle on.