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William Morris and his Palace of Art : Architecture, Interiors and Design at Red House - Tessa Wild

William Morris and his Palace of Art

Architecture, Interiors and Design at Red House

Hardcover Published: 3rd June 2019
ISBN: 9781781300558
Number Of Pages: 272

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William Morris and his Palace of Art is a comprehensive new study of Red House, Bexleyheath; the only house commissioned by William Morris and the first independent architectural work of his close friend, Philip Webb. Morris moved in to Red House as an ebullient young man of 26, with an independent income and a head brimming with ideas and the persistent question of 'how best to live?

Red House, together with its Pre-Raphaelite garden, stands as the physical embodiment of his exuberant spirit, youthful ambition, passionate medievalism, creativity and great sense of possibility. For five intense years from 1860–5, it was a place of halcyon days – happy family life, loyal friendship, good humoured competition, and the jovial campaign of decorating; furnishing the house and designing the garden.

Drawing on a wealth of new physical evidence, this book argues that Red House constitutes an ambitious and critical chapter in his design history. It will re-consider the inspiration it provided for the founding of 'the Firm' of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (later Morris & Co.), in 1861, and the vital collaboration of Webb, Burne-Jones, Rossetti and their intimate circle in realising Morris's dream for his house.

About the Author

Tessa Wild is a curator and writer specialising in nineteenth century art.

Industry Reviews

“Enlivened by a profusion of fine color and historic photographs, a few digital reconstructions, relevant letters from members of the Morris group, a running account of ongoing restoration research, and Wild's informed speculation about lost or missing artifacts. The most gratifying aspect of the book, however, is Wild's ability to capture the way that Morris's energy motivated and consolidated the group ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers.”

1 Introduction
2 Morris before Red House
3 Designing and building the house
4 Decorating and furnishing the house
5 Hall & staircase
6 Waiting Room, Lower Passage and Bedroom
7 Dining Room
8 Drawing Room
9 Main Bedroom & Dressing Room
10 Studio & Upper Passage
11 Nursery, Bedroom and Passage
12 Service wing
13 The Garden
14 The Firm
15 Relinquishing Red House
16 Red House after Morris
Colour palette

ISBN: 9781781300558
ISBN-10: 1781300550
Audience: BAU
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 3rd June 2019
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.94 x 22.86  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.61
Edition Number: 1

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