William Morris collection goes to Kent
5 March 2010
RAMM’s collection of William Morris items will be displayed in the Red House, his Arts and Crafts home in Kent, during its anniversary year.
All 33 items in RAMM’s collection are from Iceland and were donated to RAMM in 1939 by Mary Frances Lobb, the lover of Morris’s daughter. The eclectic mix includes slippers, a bodice, a cap, a 16th Century bible and carved horn spoons and containers.
The Red House in Bexleyheath is the only house created, commissioned and lived in by William Morris, writer, artist, craftsman, socialist and founder of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance and has only recently been acquired by the National Trust. The original features and furniture by Morris and Philip Webb, stained glass and paintings by Burne-Jones, the bold architecture and the garden designed to ‘clothe the house’, all add up to a fascinating and rewarding place to visit.