William De Morgan (1839-1917)

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Victorian Ceramics is proud to offer faithful reproductions of the tiles originally designed by WIlliam Morris, William De Morgan and Philip Webb.

William Morris, William De Morgan and Philip Webb were three of the most innovative and prolific designers of the late nineteenth century.

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William Morris
William Morris
WIlliam Morris (1834 – 1896)
William Morris was the son of a successful businessman, born on 24th March 1834 in Walthamstow a small village to the east of London. He was educated at Marlborough and Exeter College, Oxford. Later he formed, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co..
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William De Morgan
William De Morgan
William De Morgan (1839 – 1917)
William De Morgan was one of the most famous designers of tiles from the Arts and Crafts Movement, of which he was a founder member. His distinctive style and deep, intense glazes are instantly recognisable.
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Philip Webb
Philip Webb
Philip Webb (1831 – 1915)
In 1854 Philip Webb met William Morris and in 1861 became a founder member of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.
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William De Morgan

William De Morgan (1839-1917) was one of the most famous designers of tiles from the Arts and Crafts Movement, of which he was a founder member. He painted in a Pre-Raphaelite style, designed stained glass and became a novelist. He began his career as a stained glass designer, and only later became a potter, supplying William Morris from his home in Chelsea, London. He then moved to a pottery works to Merton in 1881/2 and then to Fulham in 1886. He married Evelyn Pickering, the Pre-Raphaelite painter, in 1887. During the Fulham period De Morgan experimented with glazes and rediscovered methods of making the intense greens and blues used in Majolica wares. He used these techniques in his own designs and became famous for his complex lusters and deep, intense underglaze painting. In 1907 William De Morgan left the pottery works and continued his life as a successful novelist.