William Morris By Alice Lorimer

This photo of a William Morris piece is from my bedroom.

His family and childhood

William Morris was born 24th March 1834 and was the 3 oldest child of a family of 9 children Emma, Henrietta,William,Stanley,Rendall,Arthur,Isabella,Edgar,Alice. Sadly the first child Charles died 4 days after being born.

At the age of 6 he moved to Woodford Hall . He spent many happy years fishing with his Brothers and gardening in the 50 acres of land that is a lot and you won’t believe this he is only middle class! He lived near Epping Forest.He also had a pony that he would ride everywhere .aged 9 he went to Misses Arudale’s Academy for young gentlemen.Then 1847 William had to come out of school because his father unexpectedly died so his mother and the family move to the smaller Water House. In February 1851 Morris went to Marlborough College and was bullied. .

On the christmas of 1851 Morris returned to Water House to be privately tutored by Reverend Frederik B .


On June 1852 Morris to Oxford University's Exeter College even though it was full he went into residence on January 1853 . One part of the college he did not like was the fact that he was tort classics.He was inspired by Medieval buildings in Oxford he also liked christian socialists like Charles Kingsley and Frederick Denison Maurice .Morris met a first-year undergraduate called Edward Burne-Jones and made a life long friendship and collaborated in future works of art .

Through Burn-Jones, Morris joined a group of undergraduates from Birmingham who studied at Pembroke College, it contained William Fulford, Richard Watson Duxon, Charles Falkner, Carmel Price, and obviously William Morris. They all had a shared love of Lord Tennyson poems. Morris left university in July 1871

His Art

William Morris did many types of art like designing wall paper, tapestries and many more things. Here are some of his pieces .

William Morris designs

Here are some more

His house

His house (the Red house)was a house full of some amazing stuff here are some pictures of it.

My repeat pattern wall paper inspired by William Morris

Three of his most famous Quotes:

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.

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