Artists and designers unite

Lustreware plate by William De Morgan, at Wightwick Manor. ©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

I have just read in Museums Journal that the De Morgan Centre in Wandsworth, south London has reopened.

The Mourners, by Evelyn De Morgan, 1917, at Wightwick Manor. ©NTPL/John Hammond

This museum and study centre is devoted to the work of William and Evelyn De Morgan, an artistic couple at the heart of the Arts and Crafts movement.

The Drawing Room at Wightwick Manor, which includes Chinese, Japanese and Persian ceramics as well as some by William De Morgan. ©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

William De Morgan became known for his rediscovery of lustreware and his tiles and vessels with medieval and Islamic motifs.

Vase by William De Morgan, at Wightwick Manor. ©NTPL/Nadia Mackenzie

Evelyn was a succesful painter who had been the first woman to attend the Slade School of Art in London.

The Bells of San Vito, by Evelyn De Morgan, in the Pomegranate Passage at Wightwick Manor. ©NTPL/Paul Raeside

In characteristically high-minded Victorian fashion, the De Morgans were also involved in pacifism, prison reform, spiritualism and women’s rights.

'Tulip and Trellis' pattern tiles by William De Morgan, in the Visitors' Bathroom at Wightwick Manor. ©NTPL/John Hammond

Like the overlapping spheres of William and Evelyn’s lives, Arts and Crafts interiors blended art and design to create an overall aesthetic environment – as can still be seen, for instance, at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton.

8 Responses to “Artists and designers unite”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Lovely, thanks.

  2. Rosemary Says:

    Wightwick Manor is a definite must for Arts and Crafts and Pre-Raphalite lovers – one of my favourite National Trust properties.

  3. Mark D. Ruffner Says:

    I keep going back to that beautiful vase — it’s stunning. One more place to add to my “bucket list!”

  4. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Glad you all like this!

  5. unistu Says:

    Great article. All you Arts and Crafts and Pre-Raphaelite lovers don’t forget to visit Standen in East Grinstead, Sussex – a lovely late nineteenth century home designed by architect Philip Webb and packed with treasures.

  6. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Yes indeed, Standen is another wonderful Arts & Crafts house – see the link to my previous Standen posts on the right here, and the Standen web page at http://bit.ly/851gC5

  7. bridget burton Says:

    Beautiful!! Are any of these for purchase?

  8. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Not from Wightwick, I’m afraid – we want to keep what we’ve got :) But work by both De Morgans does come up regularly at auction and through dealers.

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