‘The dear warp and weft at Hammersmith’: A History of Kelmscott House
18 Apr 2019, 2 p.m. - 26 Oct 2019, 5 p.m.
'The dear warp and weft at Hammersmith': A History of Kelmscott House in Hammersmith.
Kelmscott House in Hammersmith was the beloved home of Victorian designer, poet, writer and socialist William Morris and his family for the last 18 years of his life. In the first exhibition of its kind about one of the most significant homes in the history of British interior design, The William Morris Society will faithfully convey the atmosphere of a house bursting with creative energy and artistic activity. 'The dear warp and weft at Hammersmith': A History of Kelmscott House will feature original Morris & Co. designs, textiles and wallpapers, complemented by beautiful photographic prints. Well known residents who inhabited the house before and after Morris will also be featured including poet and novelist George MacDonald, Sir Francis Ronalds who invented the electric telegraph and the actress Athene Seyler.
Many well-known Morris & Co. designs are associated with the house. In 1878 Morris designed the Bird woven wool textile to hang in the drawing room of the property and Peacock and Dragon curtains adorned the room. Pimpernel wallpaper hung in the dining room and Trellis in Morris's ground floor bedroom. Morris established the Hammersmith branch of the Socialist League in the Coach House of the property and in 1891 he set up the Kelmscott Press, his private printing press, a few doors away.