Sunday, August 03, 2014

The WIlliam Morris Gallery

In one of the afternoons some of us went out to the William Morris Gallery.  As the name indicates, this is a museum devoted to William Morris, one of the greatest of the Pre-Raphaelites.  The day was so hot it felt Mediterranean and Walthamstowe was transformed into a dazzlingly beautiful suburb.

Rather alarming bust of William Morris.

Everything he did was perfect - I would love this book of the nature of Gothic.

William Morris was of course a socialist, but don't let that put you off.  He was a "good" socialist.  He would probably have a fit if he could see what the current lot of goons have done to the Labour Party.

There are many treasures at the Gallery including this Burne-Jones painting of St George and the Dragon.

William Morris and the arts and crafts movement holds a clue as to how society might develop going forward.  As globalisation increasingly dominates our lives we can expect a revulsion at the homogenised existences on offer.  In such a context the ideals of William Morris might provide a solution as to how society can be organised.

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