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Just wondering who exactly is the designer of this piece
. Many of the tapestries were collaborations between Morris and the other artists of Morris and Co., others were designed solely by other artists and not Morris himself. Does anyone know who is behind this design?
It's quite likely that Morris did the border and Burne-Jones did the tree in the centre. That said, Morris was pretty good at doing plants, so it may well have been done solely by him.
Morris did do a lot of design work for both textiles/wallpapers. He would only have collaborated with other artists in the Firm where he couldn't do something. An example would be the tapestry 'Pomona' which Burne-Jones helped with, doing the central figure while Morris did the border. Have a look for the book 'William Morris by Himself', which is very informative as well as interesting.
The designer was John Henry Dearle, the weavers Berry and Glassbrook. The tapestry was reproduced in The Studio Year-Book of Decorative Art, 1910 with the title Tree portiere, (1909 wool, 246 x 183cm sold to Mrs Barr Smith of Adelaide). More recently it was reproduced as a plate (p157) in Christopher Menz's catalogue of the Morris & Co exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia, 2002.
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