Honeysuckle embroidery by Various artists

This hanging is a rare example of a collaboration between three members of the Morris family: William, who designed the honeysuckle pattern, and his wife Jane and daughter Jenny, who embroidered the fabric.

Details

Medium:
Block printed linen embroidered with silks
Dimensions:
267 x 150 cm
Art Fund grant:
£18,460 ( Total: £30,912)
Acquired in:
2013
Vendor:
Martin Levy

Jane Morris (née Burden) met William while working as a model for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and married him soon afterwards. She had been discovered by Burne-Jones and Rossetti at a theatre in Oxford, and Rossetti's paintings of her – one of which was used as the lead image for Tate Britain's recent Pre-Raphaelite exhibition – have become iconic. Their elder daughter, Jenny, developed epilepsy as a child and would spend her adult life being cared for by the family. There are very few pieces that can be definitely attributed to either Jenny's or Jane's hand, making this hanging a significant addition to the William Morris Gallery collection.

Provenance

May Morris; Kelmsott Manor; Dreweatts, Donnington Priory Salerooms; Martin Levy.

Venue details

William Morris Gallery Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, LONDON London E17 4PP 020 8496 4391 www.wmgallery.org.uk

Entry details

Free to all
Offers with National Art Pass

Wed – Sun, 10am – 5pm

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