William Morris Archive

'[Bef]ore I go any further in speaking to you of the popular [or] decorative arts I will ask you to consider if you are quite sure that you care about them', lecture


Bibliographic Citation

William Morris, “'[Bef]ore I go any further in speaking to you of the popular [or] decorative arts I will ask you to consider if you are quite sure that you care about them', lecture,” William Morris Archive, accessed October 23, 2021, https://morrisarchive.lib.uiowa.edu/items/show/2480.

Title

'[Bef]ore I go any further in speaking to you of the popular [or] decorative arts I will ask you to consider if you are quite sure that you care about them', lecture
William Morris Literary Manuscripts, Vol. XXXVII (1)

Creator

William Morris

Date

c. 1881

Publisher

British Library Add MS 45,331 (1)

Subject

Lectures and addresses on artistic subjects

Extent

ff. 12-28

Description

The items in 45331, 45332 are arranged in the order given in the list (ff. 1-8), which is possibly in the hand of Jenny Morris, with notes by May Morris. Since not all of these listed items are in the present collection, the list numbers are quoted in square brackets after each article. The note (f. 1) 'Sent to W. R. Lethaby 15 Dec. 97' refers to an attempt by Sir Sydney Cockerell to get Lethaby to edit the art lectures (Briggs, op. cit., p. 5).

Lecture delivered, according to a note by Morris (f. 28b), to the Men and Women's College, Queen Square, London; written before the death of Carlyle (4 Feb. 1881), who is mentioned (f. 24) as still living. Parts printed in Morris, ii, pp. 63-72. The lecture, entitled 'Of the Popular or Decorative Arts' by Briggs, op. cit., p. 9, is similar to 'The Beauty of Life' (C.W ., xxii, pp. 51-80). It is mentioned by Le Mire only in his Addenda, op cit., p. 532. [No. 1].