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Cray

A work made of block printed cotton.

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  • A work made of block printed cotton.

Date:

Design 1884, made 1884–1917

Artist:

Designed by William Morris (English, 1834–1896)
Produced by Morris & Co., London (English, 1875–1940)
Merton Abbey, London (English, 1881–1940)

About this artwork

Cray was the most complex of the large-scale designs named for rivers in that it required 34 printing blocks—more than any other. The two examples of Cray in the collection [1974.419a and 2018.827] appear to have been made with different sets of printing blocks, as the size of the pattern is slightly different in length and width.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artists

William Morris (Designer) , Morris & Co. (Producer) , Merton Abbey Works (Printer)

Title

Cray

Places

England (Object made in), London (Object made in), Merton Abbey Works (Object made in), Great Britain (Object made in)

Dates

Designed 1884 , Made 1884-1917

Medium

Block printed cotton

Inscriptions

Selvedges: REGD MORRIS & COMPANY 449 OXFORD STREET LONDON W (wavy)

Dimensions

142.9 × 94.6 cm (56 1/4 × 37 1/4 in.) Repeat: 92 × 45 cm (36 1/4 × 17 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Crab Tree Farm Foundation

Reference Number

2018.827

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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