May Morris (1862 - 1938):
A Garden Piece, 1938
Framed (ref: 2636)
Embroidery, wool and silk on linen, 16 1/8 x 41 in. (41 x 104 cm.)
Provenance: Percy Horton
In a gilded oak peg jointed frame
Titled and signed on a label to the reverse:
A garden piece was designed and worked by me in 1938. May Morris
From Miss May Morris, Kelmscott Manor, Lechlade, Gloucestershire.
This embroidery is one of the last works produced by May Morris and is in outstanding condition, retaining its original colour.
May Morris was born in 1862, the daughter of William and Jane Morris. She was taught by her father and took over the firms embroidery department in 1885. Her jewellery, designed and made by her, included bead necklaces strung in highly original combinations of colour and texture. She lectured in the USA in 1910 on embroidery, jewellery, costume and pattern designing. She taught embroidery at the Central School of Arts and Crafts.