Important work of art discovered at William Morris's former home (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Important work of art discovered at William Morris's former home
An important mural has been discovered behind a cupboard at the former home of designer William Morris.
A major piece of conservation work has uncovered a huge wall painting, depicting a biblical scene suspected to be the work of renowned Pre-Raphaelite artists.
The world-renowned designer lived in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow for nearly ten years, in a Georgian house which now houses the William Morris Gallery displaying his significant works.
Regular visitors to the Red House in Bexleyheath, where Morris lived between 1860 and 1865 were Dante Gabriel Rossetti, his wife Elizabeth Siddal, Edward Burne-Jones and Ford Madox Brown.
At different times, Morris's friends helped decorate walls, ceilings and items of furniture at the house with colourful wall paintings and decorative patterns inspired by their love of the medieval past.
Since Morris left Red House, it was privately owned till the National Trust acquired it in 2003, and much of his original decoration was covered over with panelling, wallpaper or paint.
James Breslin, House Manager at Red House, said: “The early years at Red House were a flowering of ideas and creativity for Morris.
“To uncover such a remarkable example of this early decoration has been so exciting.”