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date: 16 October 2019

Morris, Maylocked

(b Bexley, Kent, March 25, 1862; d Oct 16, 1938).
  • Pamela Gerrish Nunn

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(b Bexley, Kent, March 25, 1862; d Oct 16, 1938).

Needlewoman and writer. Second daughter of William Morris and Jane Morris. Brought up in central London, and then west London, she was educated at home until 1874. Her aptitude for art surfaced in her teens and she attended South Kensington School of Design from 1880 to 1883. In 1885 she took on responsibility for the embroidery section of her father’s business. She was, with her father, chief designer of textiles at Morris, Marshall, Faulker & Co. (with wallpaper as her second string, e.g. Honeysuckle, 1883). She made many of the products herself, sometimes in collaboration with her sister Jenny or her mother, and was especially involved in the making of the textile pieces for the annual Arts and Crafts Exhibitions from 1888 (e.g. Fruit Tree, 1890). Of her family, she was the only one who both designed and worked in embroidery. May Morris became a leading name in the Arts and Crafts Movement of the 1880s and 1890s (despite its intermittent discrimination against women), writing on her craft (notably ...

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