The De Morgan Foundation

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The De Morgan Foundation owns a large collection of the work of the Victorian ceramic artist William De Morgan and his wife, the painter Evelyn De Morgan.

The ceramics collection includes vases, tiles and panels. William De Morgan is credited with the rediscovery of the art of lustre. His work was influenced by the Islamic tiles he saw at the South Kensington Museum. Evelyn de Morgan's art is notable for her rich use of colour and her emphasis on strong female protagonists. The De Morgans were involved in the social issues of the day such as women's suffrage, and this engagement was covered by the museum.

The collection was formed by Evelyn De Morgan's sister, Mrs Wilhelmina Stirling, who wrote several books under the name A.M.W. Stirling. It had been previously on display at her home, Old Battersea House. In the years following her death in 1965 parts of the collection were displayed at a number of locations including Cardiff Castle, Cragside in Northumberland and Knightshayes Court in Devon, all of which have interiors from the years when the De Morgans were active. From 2002 until the 28th June 2014, it was rehoused at the former West Hill Reference Library in Wandsworth, in south west London, which dates from 1887.

Venue Type:

Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Currently closed to the public

Admission charges

Adults: £4
Children: Free

The Centre holds an extensive collection of Arts and Crafts Ceramics by the Victorian ceramicist William De Morgan and Oil Paintings and drawings by the artist Evelyn De Morgan. The centre also holds archive material associated with the De Morgans and their circle and a lively programme of temporary exhibitions.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • William De Morgan; Evelyn De Morgan; Ceramics; Oil Paintings; Pre-Raphaelites; Arts and Crafts Movement; Mrs Stirling; drawings; Victorian social history; Lustre-ware

The De Morgan Foundation
Curator's House, Watts Gallery Estate, Down Lane


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