Peacock and Dragon Wall Hanging
William Morris (1834–1896, English)
Morris & Company (1875–present), London, England
89 x 66 inches
This Peacock and Dragon Wall Hanging depicts a stylized Gothic dragon and peacock. William Morris, the founder of the Arts & Crafts Movement in England, was strongly influenced by John Ruskin, an architectural critic and a proponent of the Gothic Revival in the second half of the 19th century. Part of this Neo-Gothicism was a rejection of industrial design and an increased emphasis on the artisan and handicraft, an idea which would form the basis of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Morris was also influenced by medieval tapestries, which depicted fanciful creatures, like this dragon, in muted colors. Morris said that “the noblest of weaving arts is tapestry, in which there is nothing mechanical.” Morris’s designs borrowed from Egyptian, Byzantine, Persian and Indian textiles and patterns, in addition to being influenced by European motifs. The color scheme is low-toned and subtle, with a naturalistic green as the dominant shade. The dragons are pink and the peacocks blue.
ON VIEW in Arts & Crafts Gallery 3
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art