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Designed by William Morris (English, 1834–1896)
Produced by Morris & Company, 1875–1940
Woven and printed at Merton Abbey Works, 1881–1940
England, Surrey, Wimbledon

Cray, 1885

Cotton, plain weave, block printed
a: 277 x 97.2 cm (109 x 38 7/8 in.)
b: 278.9 x 97.8 cm (109 7/8 x 38 1/2 in.)
Repeat: 94.5 x 45 cm (37 1/4 x 17 3/4 in.)
Inscription (on selvage): Rec.D. Morris & Company, 449 Oxford Street, W.
Gift of Mrs. Charles F. Batchelder, 1974.419a-b

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Art Institute of Chicago, Agnes Allerton Gallery,
Selected Textile Acquisitions since 1973, December 15, 1977–March 26, 1978

The Art Institute of Chicago, Elizabeth F. Cheney and Agnes Allerton Textile Galleries, Revival and Reform: A Growing 19th Century Textile Collection, November 25, 1998–February 28, 1999

The Art Institute of Chicago, Regenstein Hall, Apostles of Beauty: Arts & Crafts from Britain to Chicago, November 7, 2009 – January 31, 2010

Publication History

W. Gordon Hunton. English Decorative Textiles: Tapestry and Chintz Their Design and Development from the Earliest Times to the Nineteenth Century (London: John Tiranti and Company, 1930).

Peter Floud. "Dating Morris Patterns." The Architectural Review. July 1959. p. 19, no. 25.

Victoria and Albert Museum. Loan Exhibition of English Chintz. 1960, no. 422.

Ciba Review. 1961. p. 22.

Ray Watkinson. William Morris as Designer (London: Studio Vista Limited, 1967), no. 17.

Linda Parry. William Morris Textiles (New York: The Viking Press, 1983). Cover, P. 157, no. 57.

Linda Parry, ed.. William Morris (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1996), p. 268, no. M.72.

Judith Barter, ed., “Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago” (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago), 2009, p. 21, ill. 14, cat. 95.