NPG looks at William Morris’ influence on 20th century artists

Date Posted: 28/07/2014

From the Pre-Raphaelites to Terence Conran, the first exhibition devoted to William Morris and his influence on 20th century life, is to open at the National Portrait Gallery in London this autumn.

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860-1960 will run from 16th October to 11th January.

With portraits, furniture, books, banners, textiles and jewellery, this exhibition will include a number of loans from outside London.

Key exhibits include William Morris’ own handwritten Socialist Diary from the British Library, his gold-tooled handbound copy of Karl Marx’s Le Capital, lent from the Wormsley Library and Burne-Jones’s handpainted Prioresses Tale wardrobe coming from the Ashmolean in Oxford.

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Pictured: Terence Conran and His Cone Chair by Ray Williams 1950s © Estate of Ray Williams.

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