Biography of William Morris (1834-1896)

Poet, painter, and British political thinker, born at Elm House, Walthamstow, Essex, on 24 March 1834, and died in Hammersmith, London, in 1896. He/She studied at the school of Malborough and at Oxford University. In 1856 after leaving Oxford, visit the continent, writing her first poem and prepare for architect, decided to dedicate himself to painting; but his only purely pictorial work is La Belle Iseult, in 1858. He/She wrote the life and death of Jason, in 1867; and the earthly paradise, in 1870. His fondness for the Scandinavian literature inspired the story of Sigurd volsungo, in 1876. He/She contributed powerfully to the revivalist movement of the decorative arts in Britain. Founded in 1863, a factory of wallpapers, which composed drawings, and had, in Kelmscott, Gloucestershire, a printing press, where they come from a reduced print run editions, illustrated with wood engravings.

His ideas on art were linked with their ideas about society. Industrial art was bad, not only in itself but because modern worker did not have any personal contact with his materials, in contrast to the medieval craftsman, for which the work was a joy and also a beauty. His hatred of the industrial civilization led him to openly professing socialism in 1883; and from then on he/she took an active part in the movement of the working class until his death. He/She exhibited his doctrines in a dream of John Ball, in 1888; and news from nowhere, in 1891.