Peacock and Dragon

Designer: William Morris, 1834-1896

Manufacturer and retailer: Morris & Co.

Designed 1878

Woven wool panel with original trim

264.5 x 241.5 cm (104 x 95 inches)

Peacock and Dragon" was one of Morris's four fabric designs in which he tried to use Islamic colours and Eastern inspired design. Despite this influence Linda Parry suggests Morris came closest, in design and weave, to achieving his early ideal of English medieval hangings.


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