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Drawing - Whilom


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    Late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (artist)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 125, Edwin and Susan Davies Gallery, case 3

Place of Origin

England (made)


Late 19th century (made)


Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (artist)


Height: 8.6 cm from catalogue, Width: 9.8 cm from catalogue

Descriptive line

William Morris. Design for initial word 'Whilom' for Chaucer.

Labels and date

DESIGN AND PROOF for initial 'W' for the Knight's Tale in The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer
About 1896

Morris took inspiration from early printed works, but he was also quick to harness new technologies such as photography and magic lanterns. He used them to copy, enlarge and project the works he was studying, as well as to transfer copies of his designs directly onto wooden blocks.

Ink and Chinese white, drawing (14) and wood-engraving (15) on paper Designed by William Morris (born in London, 1834, died there in 1896); engraved by William Harcourt Hooper (1834-1912) Museum no. D.1553&1553A-1907


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