Perpetuating the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian age

William Morris & Wood Engraving

November 17, 2018 14.15 at The Coach House, Kelmscott House

This talk will focus on two decades in the career of William Morris – the 1860s and the 1890s, when he was directly concerned with wood engravings and the ‘art of the book’. First, as engraver himself, with the planned illustrated Earthly Paradise and secondly with engraver W H Hooper and the Kelmscott Chaucer. We will see how his experiences with engraving throw up very interesting, wider questions about Morris’s views on handicraft, on the use of technology and the difference between theory and practice.

Peter Lawrence is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and a former Chairman of the Society of Wood Engravers. His engravings have won several awards and he has work in the Ashmolean Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum print collections.

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