William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery
Lloyd Park
Forest Road
Greater London
E17 4PP






020 8496 4390

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The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris: designer, craftsman, socialist.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
Pre-booked groups and school visits also welcome on Tuesdays, 10am-5pm

Admission charges

Free of charge

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Design, Social History, Literature

Key artists and exhibits

  • john henry dearle
  • charles voysey
  • william de morgan
  • arts and crafts
  • william morris
  • frank brangwyn
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, ‘La Donna della Finestra’, 1871, pastel on paper

Rossetti's Obsession: Images of Jane Morris

  • 4 October 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

Jane Morris was a talented embroiderer, linguist and musician who played a key role in the family business Morris & Co. She was also the favoured model of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, founder of the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood.

In his maturity Rossetti drew and painted Jane obsessively, casting her in many literary and mythological roles, including Dante's Beatrice, Pandora, Proserpine and Astarte. His depictions of Jane ensured that her face became the iconic image of Pre-Raphaelite womanhood.

Rossetti's Obsession: Images of Jane Morris, held to mark the centenary of Jane's death, brings together rarely seen drawings and pastel studies of Jane Morris by Rossetti. The exhibition also features images of Jane as herself and explores her life and interests beyond modelling.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Ghosts (Detail), 2014 Oil on canvas with burned fabrics

Alke Schmidt: Tangled Yarns

  • 15 October 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Tangled Yarns explores the politics and morality of the textile industry and the cotton trade, from the 18th century to the present day.

Each work examines a different episode in the industry’s complex - and often brutal – history, combining found fabrics with painting, stitch or print. Using both narrative and more abstract approaches, Schmidt reveals how the trade is intertwined with issues of race and gender, exploitation and violence.

Exhibition and associated educational programme kindly supported by Arts Council England.

Open Wednesdays to Sundays.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly