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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    William De Morgan, born 1839 - died 1917 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pencil and blue wash (front); pencil drawing (reverse)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs William De Morgan

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case C, shelf 104

William de Morgan (1839-1917) was an eminent designer and potter. He was associated with the Art and Crafts movements and worked closely with William Morris, which shaped his artistic ideals. De Morgan is perhaps best known for his prolific tile production that drew inspiration from Middle-Eastern motifs and Italian Renaissance patterns. Other inspirations included nature, the work of William Morris, medieval art, and 16th- and 17th-century engravings for Dutch tile designs. He was interested in both the technical and aesthetic aspect of ceramic decoration.

Physical description

Design for a tile or dish with a stylised sunflower and leaves. On the reverse is a centaur abducting a woman.

Place of Origin

England (made)


late 19th century (made)


William De Morgan, born 1839 - died 1917 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pencil and blue wash (front); pencil drawing (reverse)

Marks and inscriptions

Corner Sunflower
title in pencil

in pencil

encircled number



Height: 373 mm sheet, Width: 368 mm sheet, Height: 30.5 cm sunflower design, Width: 30.5 cm sunflower design

Descriptive line

'Corner Sunflower' with centaur on reverse, tile or dish design, William De Morgan, late 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Published in M. Greenwood, The Designs of William De Morgan (Shepton Beauchamp, 1989), p.158 and p.26

Subjects depicted

Sunflowers; Centaurs


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