Believing that art could and should find expression in utilitarian objects that could be enjoyed as part of everyday life, William Morris (English, 1834-1896) worked in a wide range of fields, including textiles, furniture, tiles, glass, and wallpaper. A progenitor of the movement that came to be called Arts and Crafts, by the 1890s he was a legend throughout the world. His sensibility dramatically influenced typography, printing, and interior design. His genius shone particularly brightly in the design of complex, balanced, intricately repetitive floral patterns applicable to textiles and wallpaper.
The two designs reproduced in this folio of notecards are from a wallpaper sample book in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.
10 notecards, 5 each of 2 images.