‘A house that I love’ William Morris & Kelmscott Manor
July 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until August 21, 2020
It is with deep regret that the Society of Antiquaries of London has taken the decision to postpone the planned exhibition ‘A house that I love’: William Morris and Kelmscott Manor, which was scheduled to open at Burlington House on 9 July (until 21 August). It is hoped that the exhibition will take place either later in the year or in 2021.
The exhibition is part of the on-going Kelmscott Manor: Past, Present and Future campaign to support the National Lottery Heritage Fund sponsored major refurbishment of the Manor including the addition of new educational and public spaces.
July 9th-August 21st 2020
Monday -Saturday 10am – 4pm
This summer we are holding a one off exhibition of objects from the Kelmscott Manor collection. Works by William Morris and collections relating to his visual and literary imagination, as well as his artist friends, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones, will be displayed along with artefacts by his wife Jane and daughter May, whose own devotion to Kelmscott helped to preserve Morris’s enduring legacy for future generations.
For the first time, art, artefacts and personal possessions from William Morris’s Oxfordshire home, Kelmscott Manor, in the care of the Society since 1962, go on show in London. William Morris (1834–96), the renowned craftsman, author, poet and pioneer socialist, widely regarded as the father of the Arts & Crafts Movement was deeply inspired by the Manor and its surrounding landscape. In 1871 Morris discovered Kelmscott Manor and instantly fell in love with the seventeenth-century house, describing it after his first visit as ‘a heaven on earth’.
Paintings, furniture, ceramics, textiles, books and drawings provide a fascinating glimpse of Morris, his family and friends. One of the many showstoppers is the famous portrait of Morris’s wife Jane, painted in 1868 by her admirer the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
The exhibition highlights the Kelmscott Manor: Past, Present and Future campaign to support the Heritage Lottery-funded refurbishment of the Manor, which includes the addition of new educational and public spaces.