William Morris - A Selected Chronology
See also: A Pictorial History
William Morris born, 24th March, at Elm House, Walthamstow.
Educated at Marlborough College, Wiltshire.
At Exeter College, Oxford, to study for Holy Orders.
Meets Edward Burne-Jones and C.J. Faulkner, later to be members
of the firm.
Articled to G.E. Street, Gothic Revival Architect, at Oxford.
Philip Webb fellow pupil.
Later in same year, mover to London to study painting under
First volume of poems, 'The Defence of Guinevere', published.
Marries Jane Burdon.
Lives at Red House, Bexley heath, Kent, specially designed
for him by Philip Webb and decorated by Morris, Burne-Jones,
Firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co founded, with
premises at 8 Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury.
Daughter Jenny born.
May Morris born. Firm shows work at the International Exhibition
at South Kensington.
Firm's premises move to 26 Queen Square, Bloomsbury with Morris
and family 'living above his shop'.
Warrington Taylor appointed business manager.
Firm commissioned to decorate Armoury and Tapestry Rooms at
St. James Palace and Green Dining Room at South Kensington
'Earthly Paradise' published
Rents Kelmscott Manor, Lechlade, Gloucestershire. First visits
Morris Family goes to live at Horrington House, Turnham Green,
to make room for expansion of workshops at Queen Square.
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co dissolved and begun again
as Morris & Co, with Morris as sole manager. First visit
to Thomas Wardle at Leek.
Morris appointed examiner (of drawings sent for exhibition)
at South Kensington Museum
Gives first lecture 'The Decorative Arts'. New sales and showrooms
opened at 449 Oxford Street. Founds Society for the Protection
of Ancient Buildings. First woven silks produced at Queen
Kelmscott House, Hammersmith taken. First 'Hammersmith' hand
tufted carpets made there.
Morris & Co moves to Merton Abbey, Surrey.
High warp tapestry weaving started at Merton. Morris' first
involvement with socialism - joins the Social Democratic Federation.
Begins lecturing in London and throughout the country on Socialism.
Leaves Social Democratic Federation and founds the Socialist
Leaves Socialist League and founds Hammersmith Socialist Society.
Kelmscott press started. 'News from Nowhere' published.
Kelmscott 'Chaucer' published. Morris dies 3rd October, at
Kelmscott House, Hammersmith.