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The De Morgan Foundation owns the largest single collection of De Morgan pieces; however there are more De Morgan ceramics and paintings to be found in galleries, museums and historic properties throughout the UK. 

(If you are hoping to see a particular object we would recommend contacting the institution before visiting to ensure it is on public display).

 

Arts & Crafts Properties

 

National Trust Standen - This wonderful Arts and Crafts family home in beautiful West Sussex is a monument to the combined genius of architect Philip Webb and his friend William Morris. All the big names of the Arts & Crafts period are represented, including ceramics by William De Morgan and metalwork by W.A.S. Benson. 

 

Red House - The only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts & Crafts Movement, Red House is a building of extraordinary architectural and social significance. When it was completed in 1860 it was described by Edward Burne-Jones as 'the beautifullest place on earth'. Recently acquired by the National Trust, the rooms at Red House give a unique view of William Morris’ earliest designs and decorative schemes. The original features and furniture by Morris and Philip Webb, stained glass and paintings by Burne-Jones, the bold architecture and a garden designed to 'clothe the house', add up to a fascinating and rewarding place to visit.

 

Wightwick Manor - This Victorian manor house in Wolverhampton was built and furnished under the influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement. This family house portrays life during the Victorian era and is a notable example of the influence of William Morris, with original Morris wallpapers and fabrics, De Morgan tiles, Kempe glass and Pre-Raphaelite works of art.

 

Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House - When the architect M.H. Baillie Scott built a holiday home overlooking Windermere for his client Sir Edward Holt he created Blackwell, a masterpiece of twentieth-century design and a perfect example of the Arts & Crafts Movement. The rooms contain furniture and objects by many of the leading Arts & Crafts designers and studios - metalwork by W.A.S. Benson, ceramics by Pilkingtons and Ruskin Pottery and furniture by Morris & Co., Stanley Webb Davies, Ernest Gimson and Baillie Scott himself. Blackwell has several fireplace inglenooks featuring fine examples of tiles by William De Morgan. Visitors are advised to enjoy the inviting window seats offering stunning views of the surrounding Lake District scenery.

 

Museums

 

The Watts Gallery - A fascinating gallery in the Arts and Craft style in Compton near Guildford, created for the display of works by the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts. The gallery is committed to exhibiting art associated with the Arts and Craft Movement, and held an exhibition showcasing William and Evelyn De Morgan's works in 2012. The De Morgan Foundation was the principal lender to this exhibition.

 

Leighton House Museum - The splendid former home of the painter Frederic, Lord Leighton - built for him by the architect George Aitchison. It is famed for its magnificent tiled 'Arab Hall' - the passage to which features tiles by William De Morgan. As well as other pieces of De Morgan's pottery, the museum houses works of art by various members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood including oil paintings by Leighton himself. The Museum is by Holland Park, Kensington and has a sister museum, 18 Stafford Terrace, close by.

 

William Morris Gallery - This gallery in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow was the home of William Morris from 1848 to 1856. This beautiful Georgian building has one of the biggest Morris collections, including many of his personal artefacts. His contemporaries are also well-presented, including ceramics by William De Morgan and art by Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Philip Webb.

 

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery - The gallery is home to one of the world's finest collections of Pre-Raphaelite art. It is a central resource for the study of the founder members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, showcasing works ranging from oil paintings, tapestries, drawings, sketchbooks, stained glass and related cartoons, to prints, illustrated books, watercolours, ceramics and archive material. All the key figures in the Arts and Crafts Movement are represented, including a substantial collection of William De Morgan's ceramics.

 

Wandle Industrial Museum - Come here to find out all about the many industries that used the River Wandle, including William Morris and Liberty's at Merton.

 

The Wilson, Cheltenham’s Art Gallery and Museum - The gallery is noted for its recently redisplayed Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collection. This consists of furniture, textiles, ceramics, carvings and jewellery and includes works by William De Morgan. Also on display is the Emery Walker Library, a collection of books and archives from William Morris’ great printer friend, and selections from the Arts and Crafts archive in the museum’s new Paper Store gallery. The Wilson is a venue managed by the Cheltenham Trust.

 

The Higgins Art Gallery and Museum - This is the principal art gallery and museum in Bedford. It was created by the philanthropic brewer, Cecil Higgins, to house his collection of ceramics, glass and art. William De Morgan is represented and the gallery is noted for its large collections of work by the Victorian architect-designer William Burges and 20th century designer-printmaker Edward Bawden.

 

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum - This building, situated on Bournemouth's sunny East Cliff, holds collections of international status and reflects the Victorian fascination with world cultures. Here you can find art by leading Victorian painters such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and works by women artists, including Evelyn De Morgan (Aurora Triumphans), Louise Jopling, Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale and Jane E.B. Hay.

 

The Fitzwilliam Museum –This is the museum of the University of Cambridge. Its famous Founder's Building was designed by George Basevi and it houses one of the most varied collections of art and antiquities in the country. It has a range of Pre-Raphaelite art including tiles by William De Morgan, woodcut illustrations by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, and Ford Maddox Brown's famous 'The Last of England'. 

 

Walker Art Gallery - This Liverpool building houses one of Europe's finest collections of paintings, drawings, sculpture and decorative art. It has collections of Pre-Raphaelite and high Victorian art, including Evelyn De Morgan's 'Life and Thought Emerging from the Tomb' and paintings by John Everett Millais and Ford Maddox Brown. 

 

Lady Lever Art Gallery - This gallery is also a part of the National Museums of Liverpool and based in Port Sunlight. This beautiful building houses an impressive collection of Victorian paintings from the Pre-Raphaelites to Lord Leighton.

 

Southwark Art Collection - This collection, which is held in store, contains three striking William De Morgan tile panels created for P&O liners. It also includes Evelyn De Morgan's 'The Martyr (Nazuraea)'.

 

Manchester Art Gallery - This is one of the region's most popular cultural destinations. It houses major Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian works including crafts by William De Morgan and William Burges and paintings by Ford Maddox Brown, Holman Hunt and Millais.

 

Victoria & Albert Museum - This is the world's largest museum of decorative art and design. Its collection spans 5,000 years of art across different cultures. It also houses a vast collection of Victorian arts and crafts and includes some of William De Morgan's famous works such as the vase depicted in his portrait by his wife Evelyn.  

 

The British Museum - The museum has one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections, documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. The permanent collection houses over 8 million objects, including pottery and tiles by William De Morgan.   

 

Tate Britain - On Millbank, London, this building houses the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day, and international modern and contemporary art including an unparalleled collection of works by J.M.W. Turner. It is also noted for its famous Pre-Raphaelite works such as 'Ophelia' by Millais.   

 

National Portrait Gallery - The gallery houses Evelyn's portrait of William. He is shown holding one of his own lustre jars and several of his novels are visible on the shelves behind him.

 

Elsewhere

The Tabard Inn - This is one of the original buildings in Bedford Park designed by architect Richmond Norman Shaw, and it still boasts the swing sign painted by T.M. Rooke, a studio assistant of Burne-Jones. The pub features original leaf and bird tiles by William De Morgan installed through the entrance and the right-hand bar.

 

International

Columbia Museum of Art - South Carolina's premier international art museum houses a world-class collection of European and American fine and decorative art that spans centuries. Evelyn De Morgan's 'Eos' is on display at the museum.

Winnipeg Art Gallery - This gallery has a modest decorative arts collection including a William De Morgan lustre vase featuring a cast of quirky animal characters.

National Gallery of Canada - The gallery has a collection of Canadian and international art including works from William De Morgan and a study by Evelyn De Morgan.