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William Morris

William Morris – born 24. 3. 1834 in Walthamston, England, died 3. 10. 1896 in Hammersmith, England – painter, designer, printer, publisher, author, typographer, type designer.


  • 1853–55: Studies at Exeter College, Oxford.
  • 1856: Works at G. E. Street´s architect´s office in Oxford. Starts painting.
  • 1859: Monks, Marshall, Faulkner Co. is founded. The company designs and manufactures jewelry, stained glass windows, wallpaper and complete interiors.
  • 1862: The company´s products are exhibited at the "London International Exhibition of Art and Industry".
  • 1866–80: designs interiors for St James Palace and in 1867 the cafeteria in the Victoria Albert Museum.
  • 1875: Morris relaunches the company as Morris Co.
  • 1877: Declines a professorship in literature at Oxford University.
  • 1883: Joins the Democratic Federation (later called the Social Democratic Federation). Holds public political speeches for the Socialist cause. Founds the Art Workers Guild.
  • 1890: Launches the Kelmscott Press.
  • 1892: Refuses to be made poet laureate.
  • 1896: gives his last public speech at a meeting held by the Society for Checking the Abuses of Public Advertisement.

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