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William Morris and the House Beautiful

William Morris diaper wallpaper in the entrance hall

Event Information


7 March 2022 / Weekly on Monday


2 hours

£120 for the full course (4 sessions)

William Morris considered a beautiful home to be “the most important production of Art” and he devoted much of his career to the manufacture of goods that were intended to bring art and beauty into a wide range of homes.   The notion of the “Home Beautiful” was inspired partly by Morris’s example but it also played an important role in the development of Aesthetic and Artistic styles of design.  

This online course, led by expert Joanna Banham,  examines first the  inspiration and appearance of Morris’s work, and then its influence on Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic homes including Leighton House and Sambourne House.


Session 1: Monday 7 March, 2 - 4pm (GMT)

William Morris : A Man of Many Faces
William Morris and his  passion for Pattern


Session 2: Monday 14 March, 2-4pm (GMT)

William Morris at Home
William Morris Interiors


Session 3: Monday 21 March, 2 - 4pm (GMT)

Pre-Raphaelite Interiors
The Aesthetic Home


Session 4: Monday 28 March, 2-4pm (GMT)

Palaces of Art: Artists’ Houses
Linley Sambourne and the House Beautiful

About Joanna Banham

Joanna Banham is a freelance writer, curator and lecturer. Previously Head of Adult Learning at the V&A,  the National Portrait Gallery, and Tate Britain, she was also Head of Wallpapers at the Whitworth Gallery, Curator of Leighton House, and Archivist at Arthur Sanderson & Sons.  Her publications include William Morris and the Middle Ages (1986), Victorian Interior Design (1994), Dictionary  of Interior Design (1999), and William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement (2017).  


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