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27th November 2023
As the leaves fall (or have already fallen), this week we have examples of permanent foliage in beautiful designs for the home. William Morris is the master of intricate and clever patterns, and it is fascinating to examine his working drawings to see how the colours and complex repeats evolved.This is 'Acanthus' (1874, V&A), a sophisticated wallpaper design in which "Morris successfully disguised the underlying geometric structure of the repeat".
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