All Pre-Raphaelite Society members are invited to a gallery visit hosted by the London and Southern group to see ‘Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy 1860-1960‘. The visit will take place on Saturday 6th December 2014, at 1p.m at The National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE.
Anarchy & Beauty explores the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris. Through portraits, personal items and objects, many of which will be on public display for the first time, this major exhibition illustrates how the ‘art for the people’ movement had its roots in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’s challenge to accepted attitudes to art and also in John Ruskin’s politically radical perception that every human being has inherent creative talent and that handwork was not inferior to brainwork.
Curated by author and biographer Fiona MacCarthy, the exhibition features original furniture and textiles designed and owned by Morris as well as the work of his contemporaries including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William De Morgan, architect Philip Webb and Edward Burne-Jones. These will be showcased alongside remarkable books, jewellery, ceramics and clothing by craftspeople such as Eric Gill, Bernard Leach and Terence Conran, demonstrating how Morris’s legacy continued into the twentieth century, influencing radical politics, the Garden City movement and the Festival of Britain in 1951.
For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email Madeleine Pearce, the London and Southern Group coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up leaflets will be available in the next PRS mailing and must be received before October 31st.