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May Morris
English, 1862-1938

Morris & Co.

‘Honeysuckle’ wallpaper panel

Designed 1883

Hand-blocked paper

52 3/8 in. H x 21 1/4 in. W framed
133.2 cm H x 54.2 cm W

$4,000.00

Although best known for her embroideries and textiles, May Morris also designed some wallpapers at her father’s firm Morris & Co. ‘Honeysuckle’ is her most famous wallpaper design; it was also one of the most popular patterns among consumers and is produced even today. May would have been about 21 years old when she created this pattern, and while she may have received some assistance from her father, the confident design shows an understanding of composition and color theory on the level of an experienced designer.

Although best known for her embroideries and textiles, May Morris also designed some wallpapers at her father’s firm Morris & Co. ‘Honeysuckle’ is her most famous wallpaper design; it was also one of the most popular patterns among consumers and is produced even today. May would have been about 21 years old when she created this pattern, and while she may have received some assistance from her father, the confident design shows an understanding of composition and color theory on the level of an experienced designer.

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Condition

Very good. Paper with slight warping. Some slight creasing along selvedge. Light crease in center approximately 2 3/4 inches long. Not examined out of frame.

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References

Smithsonian, Cooper Hewitt, 1980-46-1-176

William Morris Gallery, B52, NN462

Victoria & Albert Museum, E.668-1915

Literature

Lynn Hulse et al, May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer (London: Thames & Hudson, 2017), pattern illustrated pp. 62-63, pls. 47-48.

Mary Schoeser, The Art of Wallpaper: Morris & Co in Context (Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: ACC Art Books Ltd. 2022), pattern illustrated p. 110, no. 99.

William Morris by Himself: Designs and Writings, ed. Gillian Naylor (London: Little, Brown & Co, 2001), pattern illustrated pp. 178-79.

Very good. Paper with slight warping. Some slight creasing along selvedge. Light crease in center approximately 2 3/4 inches long. Not examined out of frame.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

Smithsonian, Cooper Hewitt, 1980-46-1-176

William Morris Gallery, B52, NN462

Victoria & Albert Museum, E.668-1915

Lynn Hulse et al, May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer (London: Thames & Hudson, 2017), pattern illustrated pp. 62-63, pls. 47-48.

Mary Schoeser, The Art of Wallpaper: Morris & Co in Context (Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: ACC Art Books Ltd. 2022), pattern illustrated p. 110, no. 99.

William Morris by Himself: Designs and Writings, ed. Gillian Naylor (London: Little, Brown & Co, 2001), pattern illustrated pp. 178-79.

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An essay for this object is forthcoming. Sign up for our email list to be the first to know when this essay is published!

This item ships free to the continental US, and globally for a flat-rate fee of $50.

All objects are packed with utmost care by our team of expert fine art shippers. All items are shipped with parcel insurance.

For more information on our shipping policies, please visit our FAQ Page.

All of our objects look even more stunning in person!

However, in case you are not satisfied with your purchase, we are willing to accept returns.

For more information on our return policies, please visit our FAQ page.

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