Archives and Rare Books, University of Cincinnati

William Morris

Portraits

 

William Morris was a frenetic, energetic presence. There is a great deal of variety in descriptions of his physicality; some found him attractive, others slovenly and fat. Many of his friends called him ‘Topsy’ because his unruly hair reminded them of the character of the same name in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He gained weight with age, but many felt he still appeared active and strong. Morris spent hours pouring over type and sketching detailed wallpaper patterns, but he did not devote the same fastidiousness to his personal appearance. The Archives and Rare Books Library has an extensive Morris collection of monographs and critical biographies, many of which include a wide variety of photographs, sketches, and woodcuts depicting Morris throughout his life.

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Photographs of William Morris

William Morris at 23 William Morris at 41 William Morris at 43
At age 23 At age 41 At age 43
William Morris at 53 William Morris at 55 William Morris in his fifties
At age 53 At age 55 In his fifties
William Morris in his sixties William Morris in his study  
In his late fifties or sixties At work in his study. The wallpaper is one of his designs.  

Caricatures of William Morris

A caricature by Dante Gabriel Rossetti A cartoon by Edward Burne-Jones
A caricature by Dante Gabriel Rossetti A cartoon by his friend Edward Burne-Jones

 

Illustrations of William Morris

A portrait by Dante Gabriel Rosse This image is from the centenary number of Philobiblon - In Memorian A woodcut portrait by Barry Moser
A portrait by Dante Gabriel Rossetti that was done as a study for an altar piece at the Llandaff cathedral. This image is from the centenary number of Philobiblon - In Memoriam A woodcut portrait by Barry Moser
A wood-engraved portrait by John Depol A self-portrait at 22 years old A self-portrait
A wood-engraved portrait by John Depol from the book William Morris Master-Printer by Frank Colebrook A self-portrait at 22 years old A slightly later self-portrait
At age 36 At age 37  
At age 36 At age 37, from a painting by George Frederic Watts  
 

William Morris

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The Kelmscott Press

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