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Virtual Member Lecture: Morris and Company—The Business of Beauty

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Designed by May Morris, produced by Morris & Co., London. Gift of Crab Tree Farm Foundation

Melinda Watt, chair and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator of Textiles, discusses the exhibition Morris and Company: The Business of Beauty, highlighting William Morris’s unique aesthetic vision and philosophy for home furnishings—and his enduring influence.

Artist, designer, and writer William Morris (1838–1896) founded Morris & Co. 160 years ago, in 1861. The company quickly became regarded for the objects it designed and made for home interiors, and its style became synonymous with the British Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. This exhibition explores the continued relevance and potency of the company’s aesthetic vision, drawing on the Art Institute’s significant holdings of textiles and wallpaper designed by William Morris, his daughter and colleague May Morris, and longtime collaborator John Henry Dearle.

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