Audio: St George Cabinet by William Morris

St. George Cabinet by William Morris, 1861/62, England, mahogany, pine and oak with copper mounts. Museum no. 341-1906, © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

St. George Cabinet by William Morris, 1861/62, England, mahogany, pine and oak with copper mounts. Museum no. 341-1906, © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The mahogany, pine and oak cabinet, with copper mounts was designed by Philip Webb and painted by William Morris (1834–1896). The painted scenes are from the legend of St George and the Dragon and include Morris and his wife amongst the characters depicted.

The highly decorated St George's Cabinet demonstrates Morris' love of romance. It was painted by Morris for the 1862 International Exhibition in London, to show the products of his new interior design company, Morris & Co. Although the press praised its 'true medieval spirit', the decoration of St George and the Dragon is a piece of pure Victorian romantic narrative.

Listen to the audio below for the views of different generations on the cabinet by Morris.

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Event - 7 Hammersmith Terrace & Kelmscott House - Tour 3

Thu 04 June 2015 10:15–13:00

Members will enjoy a private tour of Kelmscott House, home of William Morris from 1878 until his death in 1896, now the William Morris Society’s museum, where they will have access to a selection of items from the collection.

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