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Led by art historian Joannah Banham, explore the inspirations and impact of William Morris' iconic designs on the aesthetic homes of the 19th century.

William Morris considered a beautiful home to be “the most important production of art”, devoting much of his career to the manufacture of goods that were intended to bring art and beauty into a wide range of homes.

The 19th-century notion of the 'house beautiful' was inspired partly by Morris’ example and played an important role in the development of the popular aesthetic and artistic styles of design during the Victorian era.

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris.

Joanna Banham is a freelance writer, curator and lecturer. Previously Head of Adult Learning at the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, and Tate Britain, she was also Head of Wallpapers at the Whitworth Gallery, Curator of Leighton House, and Archivist at Arthur Sanderson & Sons. Her publications include William Morris and the Middle Ages (1986), Victorian Interior Design (1994), Dictionary of Interior Design (1999), and William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement (2017).

Session 1: Monday 7 March, 2 - 4pm
William Morris : A Man of Many Faces
William Morris and his passion for Pattern

Session 2: Monday 14 March, 2-4pm
William Morris at Home
William Morris Interiors

Session 3: Monday 21 March, 2-4pm
Pre-Raphaelite Interiors
The Aesthetic Home

Session 4: Monday 28 March, 2-4pm
Palaces of Art: Artists’ Houses
Linley Sambourne and the House Beautiful

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