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William Morris
Brother Rabbit
Cotton / block-printed

106 1/2 x 37 1/2 inches
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1923

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Excerpt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

William Morris
Brother Rabbit
Manufactory: Morris & Company
Designer: Designed by William Morris (British, Walthamstow, London 1834–1896 Hammersmith, London)
Date: design registered May 20, 1882 printed 1917–23

William Morris designed this pattern in anticipation of the opening of the Merton Abbey works in 1881, though it was not registered with the Patent Office Register of Designs until 1882. The pattern was specifically intended for the indigo discharge method, which he perfected at Merton Abbey it eventually was produced in at least four other colorways, including the Museum’s red and white example. Morris’ use of the paired animals and birds among fantastic foliage in this design clearly illustrates his interest in medieval European textiles.

William Morris: Textiles and Wallpaper
February 3, 2014 – July 20, 2014
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


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William Morris: Biography and Related Links on Art in Context


William Morris, British, (1834-1896)
b. March 24, 1834, London
d. 1896

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