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Arts and Crafts

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Inspired by the reformist passion of figures such as William Morris and John Ruskin, the Arts and Crafts movement had a huge effect on Victorian society. Its advocates looked to history and to the countryside to counteract the damaging effects of industrial production, developing a quietly revolutionary new take on domestic design.

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The V&A's collections hold a number of significant objects that exemplify Arts and Crafts design across a range of disciplines. These include drawings by Philip Webb of Red House (home to William Morris), striking items of jewellery and clothing, examples of domestic design that include stunning wallpapers and metalwork pieces, tiles by William De Morgan, and the Movement's famously 'rustic' furniture, as well as objects that demonstrate how the influence of Arts and Crafts moved beyond the UK.

Exploring Arts and Crafts

Photo of Printed season ticket, Walter Crane, 1890, England. Museum no. E.4164-1915. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Printed season ticket, Walter Crane, 1890, England. Museum no. E.4164-1915. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Necklace, designed by Charles Robert Ashbee, made by Guild of Handicraft Ltd., 1901 – 02, England. Museum no. M.23-1965. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Necklace, designed by Charles Robert Ashbee, made by Guild of Handicraft Ltd., 1901 – 02, England. Museum no. M.23-1965. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Drawing, William De Morgan, England. Museum no. E.421-1917. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Drawing, William De Morgan, England. Museum no. E.421-1917. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Washstand, designed by Leonard F. Wyburd and William De Morgan, manufactured by Liberty & Co. Ltd. and William De Morgan, about 1894, England. Museum no. W.19-1984. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Washstand, designed by Leonard F. Wyburd and William De Morgan, manufactured by Liberty & Co. Ltd. and William De Morgan, about 1894, England. Museum no. W.19-1984. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Design, William De Morgan, 19th century, England. Museum no. E.1249-1917. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Design, William De Morgan, 19th century, England. Museum no. E.1249-1917. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Tray, William Arthur Smith Benson, 1894, England. Museum no. CIRC.155-1965. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Tray, William Arthur Smith Benson, 1894, England. Museum no. CIRC.155-1965. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Screen, designed by John Henry Dearle, manufactured by Morris & Co., 1885 – 1910, England. Museum no. CIRC.848-1956. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Screen, designed by John Henry Dearle, manufactured by Morris & Co., 1885 – 1910, England. Museum no. CIRC.848-1956. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Armchair, designed by Ernest William Gimson, made by Edward Gardiner, about 1905, England. Museum no. CIRC.231-1960. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Armchair, designed by Ernest William Gimson, made by Edward Gardiner, about 1905, England. Museum no. CIRC.231-1960. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Clock, designed by Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, made by Frederick Coote, 1895 – 1901, England. Museum no. W.5:1, 2-1998. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Clock, designed by Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, made by Frederick Coote, 1895 – 1901, England. Museum no. W.5:1, 2-1998. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Urn, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, made by James Miller, 1895 – 1902, US. Museum no. M.28-1992. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Urn, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, made by James Miller, 1895 – 1902, US. Museum no. M.28-1992. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Zermatt, watercolour, John Ruskin, 1844, Switzerland. Museum no. P.15-1921. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Zermatt, watercolour, John Ruskin, 1844, Switzerland. Museum no. P.15-1921. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Coat, Marshall & Snelgrove Ltd, 1895 – 1900, England. Museum no. T.49-1962. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Coat, Marshall & Snelgrove Ltd, 1895 – 1900, England. Museum no. T.49-1962. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Decanter, Charles Robert Ashbee, 1904 – 5, England. Museum no. M.121:1, 2-1966. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Decanter, Charles Robert Ashbee, 1904 – 5, England. Museum no. M.121:1, 2-1966. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Poppies furnishing fabric, designed by Lindsay Phillip Butterfield for Turnbull & Stockdale Ltd., 1901, England. Museum no. CIRC.270-1958. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Poppies furnishing fabric, designed by Lindsay Phillip Butterfield for Turnbull & Stockdale Ltd., 1901, England. Museum no. CIRC.270-1958. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Lamp, designed by Arthur Stansfield Dixon, made by Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, about 1893, England. Museum no. CIRC.277-1961. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Lamp, designed by Arthur Stansfield Dixon, made by Birmingham Guild of Handicraft, about 1893, England. Museum no. CIRC.277-1961. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Architectural drawing of the Red House, Philip Webb, 1859, England. Museum no. E.64-1916. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Architectural drawing of the Red House, Philip Webb, 1859, England. Museum no. E.64-1916. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Angel with the Trumpet, furnishing fabric, Herbert Percy Horne, about 1884, England. Museum no. T.85-1953. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Angel with the Trumpet, furnishing fabric, Herbert Percy Horne, about 1884, England. Museum no. T.85-1953. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Background image: Background image: Drawing, William De Morgan, England. Museum no. E.421-1917. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London