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The Tiled Reredos in St Peter’s Church,¹  Hornblotton, Somerset has often been referred to as by William De Morgan.  I live hereby and know the church well.  I doubted the attribution but never took it any further until The De Morgan Foundation asked me what I knew of the tiles. 

 

 

 

The Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice is a public monument in Postman's Park in the City of London, commemorating ordinary people who died saving the lives of others. It is, in Watts's words, a record 'of the stories of heroism in every-day life'.

Great, great grand-nephew of William De Morgan, Barry, shares his anedotes of Wilhemina Stirling, who founded the De Morgan collection.

In early June, I spent a wonderful afternoon with Barry De Morgan (whose great-grandfather was William De Morgan's uncle) whilst he kindly let me record his accounts of Mrs Stirling, Evelyn De Morgan's sister, who began the De Morgan Foundation, who he knew as a young man.

This William De Morgan tile panel recently surfaced at auction in Buckinghamshire. It shows a snake below two doves in a fruit tree. The design is in De Morgan's archive at the Victoria and Albert Museum (see Greenwood book, page 154, V&A ref no 452), and the quality of execution leaves no real doubt as to the attribution.

Scholar and researcher, Rosemary Pemberton, reveals the De Morgan ceramics in the Pitt Rivers collection.

Earlier in February adult education tutor Katja Robinson presented a lecture entitled Walter Crane and William De Morgan: Fairy Tales and Fantasy as part of a 5 week Arts & Crafts Adventures course for Edinburgh Council's further learning programme.

 

The De Morgans and Suffrage

By Dr Lucy Ella Rose, Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Surrey. Her collaborative doctoral award from the University of Surrey and Watts Gallery supported her research on women in nineteenth-century creative partnerships. Attached is a link to purchase her publication on the De Morgan's with a 30% discount.