Design for a sofa which was made for Ford Madox Brown by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. The sofa was shown at the firm's stand at the International Exhibition of 1862. Rossetti was inventing furniture designs from as early as 1860 and then had a chance to make work with William Morris from 1861. It also appears in the background of Rossetti's drawing 'Joseph Accused Before Potiphar', also in Birmingham's collection.

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Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -
Designer William Morris -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
bl: this design is lettered / so as to agree with/ the letters on the / stuff- WM / plane tree (ink)/tl: slice off/ front & back/ tm: matting at front & sides/ 2 x3 width flat/ 7 ft (pencil)/ tr: this only to project (pencil)// and with sections of drawing marked A-D.
Notes - Handwritten -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
William Morris and the Middle Ages
72 Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester 1984-09-28 - 1984-12-08
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
101 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
101 Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
101 Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-02-14
William Morris
J.14 Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1996-05-08 - 1996-09-01
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
168 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2003-09-16 - 2004-01-18
168 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 2004-02-27 - 2004-06-06


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 365.
1 April 1965 Country Life p. 722.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 122A, p. 77.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 3G8.
William Morris and the Middle Ages
Jennifer Harris, Joanna Banham 1984 Manchester University Press, Manchester pp. 136-38.
William Morris
Linda Parry 1996 Philip Wilson Publishers (in association with The Victoria and Albert Museum), London p. 170.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Edwin Becker, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Julian Treuherz 2003 Waanders, Zwolle p. 227.


Philip Webb; Sir Sydney Cockerell; Given to Charles Fairfax Murray

Associated people

Name Type
Ford Madox Brown Made for

Associated organisations

Name Type
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co Realised by

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