Thursday, 2 April 2015

William Morris Gallery

Aristotle from the Dream of Reason had to come with me on the train today as The Bone Clocks wouldn't fit into my bag and Sherlock was off on another case.

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. 

Fireplace tiles

Chair designed by Morris

Wallpaper designed for Queen Victoria


Stained glass


Small loom

Printing block

Window by Burne-Jones

Morris' Oxford Street shop

Wallpaper pattern book

Embroidered wallhanging

Stained glass window
Yinka Shonibare , who made the Ship in a Bottle that was on the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square for a while, now at Greenwich,was also exhibiting.

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
There is lots more information - photos and resources - on their website, follow the link above.

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.
Back in Central London, I had a quick dash round Berkeley Square, sadly no nightingales were singing nor any sign of Emily Young's sculpture, and Green Park where the daffs were swishing about in the wind.

Home again. Let's get the kettle on.

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