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Embroidery design

Embroidery design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1885 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, Mary (May), born 1862 - died 1938 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR77, box LOANS

May (Mary) Morris (1862-1938) was the daughter of the designer William Morris (1834-1896). When she was a child her mother, Jane Morris, and her aunt Bessie Burden taught her to make large scale embroideries in crewel work (wool). They were based on Morris’s medieval models. She was also encouraged to design for herself. In 1885 she took over the embroidery section of the firm. She took on Morris & Co. after her father’s death and continued to provide designs for them. These were for embroideries both large and small. Some were carried out by women at the Royal School of Needlework.

Physical description

Design for a patchwork embroidery

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1885 (made)


Morris, Mary (May), born 1862 - died 1938 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour


Height: 50.2 cm, Width: 21.6 cm

Descriptive line

May Morris. Design for patchwork embroidery. British, c.1885

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

John Murdoch and Susan Lambert, Summary Catalogue of Textile Designs 1840-1985 in the V. & A. Museum and colour microfiche, Surrey: Emmett Microform, 1986


Pencil; Watercolour


Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted



Embroidery; Textiles; Drawings; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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