William De Morgan

Known for his eye-catching tiles and gleaming lustre pots, William De Morgan (1839 – 1917) was one of the most innovative and imaginative designers of the 19th century. Influenced by Middle Eastern motifs and the natural world, he produced art pottery in a distinctive style that added beauty and colour to Victorian homes.

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The V&A holds a collection of around 300 tiles, tile panels, vases and dishes by William De Morgan, dating from across his three main periods of production at his Chelsea, Merton Abbey and Fulham potteries. We also hold over 2000 of De Morgan's original designs in watercolour, held in our Prints and Drawings Study Room.

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Background image: Plate, earthenware with lustre decoration, designed by William De Morgan, painted by Charles Passenger, 1898 – 1907, Sands End, Fulham, England. Museum no. C.421-1919. Bequeathed by Mrs Mary Evelyn De Morgan. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London