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U. K.
Kelmscott Manor
From Cornwall to Kelmscott: A Life Revealed
10 June - 18 October 2017.

Miss Lobb (640 X 300)

      This eye-opening exhibition is the first to focus on Mary Frances Vivian Lobb (1878–1939), the companion of 22 years to May Morris while May lived at Kelmscott Manor (rural Oxfordshire). The exhibition will contain photographs, documents and ephemera from the collections of The National Library of Wales and Kelmscott Manor. Little has previously been known about Mary Lobb, and the exhibition sheds light on her origins and family, the years she spent at Kelmscott and her relationship with May Morris; their travels to Iceland; their many camping trips across England and Wales; and their mutual love of gardening and animals. In addition, it will also contain representative examples of the archive’s important and previously unseen reference material relating to William Morris’s research activities for his last great endeavour, the Kelmscott Press. 

Fundacion Juan March, Madrid
William Morris and Company: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Great Britain
6 October 2017 - 21 January 2017

    This exhibition will offer an unprecedented opportunity to explore the many faces of the designer, craftsman, retailer, poet, and social agitator William Morris (1834-1896), as well as those of the main figures in the Arts and Crafts movement. This new generation of architects, designers, artists and craftsmen, shared a passionate concern for the harmful effects of industrialization on society, working conditions and traditional British crafts.

National Gallery, London
Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites 
4 October 2017 – 2 April 2018

     Discover how van Eyck’s 'Arnolfini Portrait' was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style of painting. The exhibition will bring together for the first time the 'Arnolfini Portrait' with paintings from the Tate collection and loans from other museums, to explore the ways in which Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882), Sir John Everett Millais (1829–1896) and William Holman Hunt (1827–1910), among others, were influenced by the painting in their work.

William Morris Gallery
May Morris: Art and Life
7 October 2017 – 28 January 2018
detail of embroidered roses

     Currently have a crowdfunding campaign HERE. 

     If the campaign is successful, the exhibition will bring works together from the National Museums of Scotland and Wales, regional museums and galleries, National Trust properties and university collections, for the first time, giving an unprecedented insight into May’s extraordinary life and career. The funds will also support vital conservation work on fragile objects included in the exhibition.

7 Hammersmith Terrace, Emery Walker House
June 2017 – 25 November 2017

Emery Walkers House 7 Hammersmith Terrace dining room

     Emery Walker was a key member of many organisations that propagated the ideals of the Arts & Crafts Movement. The house contents reveal evidence of his friendships with many of the most influential artistic, political and literary figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. there are masses of marvellous Morris & Co textiles and wallpapers and furniture and other items designed by Philip Webb, but these mingle with 17th and 18th-century English furniture, Middle-Eastern rugs, and Chinese and Moroccan ceramics. The Emery Walker house is also thought to be one of the few houses in the world to have original Morris & Co wallpaper in nearly every room in the house. These hand blocked wallpapers date back to the 1920s and some are rare designs and colourways.

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