William Morris (2)

I realised last night that I was in danger of missing Fiona MacCarthy’s admirable exhibition Anarchy and Beauty:  William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960, which closes this weekend.   So, I made my way back to the NPG amidst the Friday evening crowds (there’s a lot of reading as well as looking to be done).   What comes across very forcefully is the amazing range of his activities:  writer (now neglected);  weaver;  printer;  manufacturer;  political agitator;  designer.   Of course, he was helped by having a private income, but it’s still an amazing record.   Not least, I hadn’t realised the extent of his influence on the Garden City movement, Ebenezer Howard, Henrietta Barnett, George Lansbury et. al.

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