About this artwork
Morris & Co. produced this two-color design using a simple, age-old technique: the white pattern of rabbits and birds nestled among acorns and oak leaves was block printed with a substance that would resist the dye. When the fabric was immersed in a dye bath (seen here in red), the background—all of the unprinted fabric—absorbed the color to reveal the pattern in white.
Block printing using either a color or a substance that resists color (or a combination of the two techniques) was the standard method for all of Morris & Co.’s cotton fabrics.
- Currently Off View
- William Morris (Designer) , Morris & Co. (Producer) , Merton Abbey Works (Printer)
- Brer Rabbit (or Brother Rabbit)
- Merton Abbey Works (Object made in), England (Object made in), London (Object made in), Great Britain (Object made in)
- Copyrighted 1882 , Printed 1917-1940 , Designed 1881
- Madder vat dyed and block printed cotton
- Selvedges: REGD MORRIS & COMPANY (wavy)
- 141 × 193 cm (55 1/2 × 76 in.) Repeat: 33.5 × 23 cm (13 1/4 × 9 in.)
- Gift of Crab Tree Farm Foundation