Morris & Co.

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Midleton Cheney

Founded as Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company in 1861 by the socialist artist and designer William Morris along with Ford Madox Brown, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Peter Paul Marshall, Philip Webb, Charles James Faulkner, and Edward Burne-Jones. The company initially concentrated on ecclesiastical decoration including stained glass, and architectural carving from premises in London’s Red Lion Square, but moved to Queens Square, Bloomsbury in 1865. Later they extended their activities to include the design and manufacture of furniture, metal, and glass wares, cloth and paper wall-hangings, embroideries, jewellery, printed cottons, woven and knotted carpets, silk damasks, and tapestries.

 

The firm's medieval-inspired aesthetic and respect for hand-craftsmanship and traditional arts had a profound influence on the decoration of churches and houses well into the early 20th century.

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