WILLIAM MORRIS 1834 – 1896: Morris was a designer, poet, novelist, translator and socialist activist. He was a close friend of the Pre-Raphaelite artists Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In 1861, Morris founded a decorative arts firm with Burne-Jones, Rossetti and others and they became much in demand as they influenced interior decoration throughout the Victorian period. Morris designed tapestries, wallpaper, fabrics and furniture, as well as making and designing stained glass windows. In 1875, Morris assumed total control of the company, which was renamed Morris & Co. His textile designs are still in production.
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