Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites
Morris (1834-1896) was a socialist, writer and craftsmen.
as an artist began at Oxford and after graduation he ended up in
London, painting under the direction of Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
the leading light of Pre-Raphaelites (a loose group of artists intent
on regaining the spiritual purity characteristic of art before Rapheal
and the Renaissance.
William Morris founded Morris & Co whose designs came to embody
the ideas of the Arts and Crafts Movement .
Morris's own designs for fabrics, wallpapers and numerous other
products were to prove a massive influence in Britain (the Laura
Ashley aesthetic is a lineal descendant of Morris's rustic nostalgia).
William Morris set up the Kelmscott Press named after his summer