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furnishing fabric; "Bird"

William Morris, Designer (American, 1957-)


The Arts and Crafts movement, which prevailed in Europe from 1885 to 1915, produced an array of textiles using nature as a prime source of inspiration. Among the pioneers of this movement was William Morris. The exceptional design of this curtain is the first of a group of Morris’s creations showing pairs of facing birds, perched and in flight. Bird was designed to hang in the drawing room of Morris’s house in 1878.

(Francesca Galloway Ltd., London); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (1997).

Object Information

designer
William Morris (American, 1957-)
creation date
1877-1878
materials
wool
dimensions
86 1/2 x 51 in.
accession number
1997.143
credit line
Bequest of Mrs. Cornelius O. Alig by exchange
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts