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Anarchy and Beauty William Morris and His Legacy [Nov. 24th, 2014|05:31 pm]
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Saturday 22 November

It has been a busy week with guests, the first part of the week Simon sister stayed over with us, then this weekend Cheryl and Dave came along for the weekend.
On saturday after catching up and lunch we went into the west end, first to see the Anarchy and Beauty William Morris and His Legacy at the national Portrait Gallery. An interesting show as i do love all things Morris and pre-raphaelites but not sure it was worth £12. A;ways lovely to see painting and sketch by them but somethingw as lacking, not sure what. It was more about life and ideas so many portraits of other influencial people and his legacy .
Lovely as  we bumped into Jema at the exhibition, then we went for tea and cake  in the crypt afterward followed by a very xmassy Covent Garden (even had rendeers)

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explores the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris. Through portraits, personal items and fascinating objects, many of which are on public display for the first time, this major exhibition illustrates Morris’s concept of ‘art for the people’ and highlights the achievements of those that he inspired.

Curated by acclaimed author and biographer Fiona MacCarthy, the display features original furniture and textiles designed and owned by Morris as well as the work of his contemporaries including Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. These are innovatively showcased alongside remarkable books, jewellery, ceramics and clothing by craftspeople such as Eric Gill, Bernard Leach and Terence Conran, demonstrating how Morris’s legacy continued into the twentieth century, influencing radical politics, the Garden City movement and the Festival of Britain in 1951.