There is something about the Victorian era
that is so festive and very Christmasy.
Perhaps it is because it is during that period where we started many of our present holiday traditions such as the Christmas tree which was brought over by Queen Victoria's German husband.
So I finally got rid of my bah hambug mood when I visited the William Morris Society in Hammersmith by the Thames.
Sorry for the blur...
The two buildings in the picture are owned
by the William Morris Society.
The annexe on the left is the museum and the workshop that William Morris himself worked.
The house on the right was his home which is presently being leased to a very lucky family!
It is on the Mall which is on the Thames Path which makes it a perfect destination for locals and tourists alike.
This picture was taken directly in front of the museum.
The museum entrance.
There is a special exhibition that is on until the 13th of February of some drawings and etchings by William Morris that was found in the main house behind a boiler during a renovation!
I apologize for the blur once again -
I might go and retake the picture for those who are interested.
While there is an obvious admiration for a finished and edited work, there is something quite touching about an unfinished drawing
and a draft especially by someone as talented
as Morris and his team of designers.
For those who are familiar with William Morris might enjoy these drafts that much more.
The draft to one of his best selling fabric patterns.
I rarely covet as I know it is a sin but
I do covet the drawing of the lamb.
I have just the spot for it as well...
They also have a book of Morris' wallpaper patterns.
There was also an adjoining room which not only served as his office but...
as his weekly meetings as he was head of the local chapter of the Socialists. ( Mind you it had a different ring to it back then.)
I always find that image so amusing to think that the bastion of respectable middle class Victorian decor was a socialist!
They also displayed some of his woodblocks.
Don't you just want to snuggle in that chair upholstered in
Morris fabric and read a book in front of the fireplace?
The exhibition was the perfectly curated.
Not too much and each drawing got its deserved attention.
I strongly recommend a visit if you are near.
As I left I could not help but be a voyeur and
peep into the library of the main residence of the William Morris Society and admire the light and the original wallpaper that Mr Morris himself put up on the wall!
I bid you all a very Happy Holidays!