William Morris (1834-1896), artist, philosopher and political theorist, was one of the most outstanding and influential designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Firstly trained as an architect, he had early unfulfilled ambitions to be a painter. As a student at Oxford, he met the artist Edward Burne-Jones, and through this friendship he came into contact with the Pre-Raphaelite painters, such as Rossetti. Morris did much of the work himself, with help from his artist friends. Prompted by the success of their efforts, they decided to start their own company. In April 1861 Morris & Co. was established in London, and produced some of the most fashionable and exciting textiles and wallpapers of his era. William Morris was a major contributor to reviving traditional textile arts and methods of production, and one of the founders of the SPAB, now a statutory element in the preservation of historic buildings in the UK. At artrepublic, discover some incredible art prints by William Morris.
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