William Morris Archive

'Of the Origins of Ornamental Art'


Bibliographic Citation

William Morris, “'Of the Origins of Ornamental Art',” William Morris Archive, accessed October 17, 2021, https://morrisarchive.lib.uiowa.edu/items/show/2492.

Title

'Of the Origins of Ornamental Art'
William Morris Literary Manuscripts, Vol. XXXVIII (1)

Creator

William Morris

Date

26 Sept. 1886

Publisher

British Library Add. MS 45,332 (1)

Extent

ff. 2-30

Type

essay

Relation

British Library Add. MS 45,331

Description

Lecture delivered at New Islington Hall, Ancoats, Manchester, 26 Sept. 1886. The version in this MS., however, contains references to Windsor and St George's Chapel (f. 19) which suggest it was written for delivery in Windsor, though there is no evidence that this took place. Printed by Le Mire, op. cit., pp. 382-409, under this title, but first mentioned as 'Of the Origin of Decorative Art' (see Le Mire, op. cit., p. 479). [No. 12].