On the 25 March 1877, William Morris wrote to Thomas Wardle,'I am studying birds now to see if I can't get some of them into my next design'. The watercolour design for this woven fabric is held by the The William Morris Society at Kelmscott House. A pair of Bird curtains is owned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, from the house of Sydney Cockerell, Morris's secretary. May Morris also owned a set of curtains, also in the V&A, which are thought to have originated from Kelmscott House. 'Bird' was first manufactured at Queen Square and continued to be made at Merton Abbey.

  • Purchased from Morris & Co through Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1940
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Manufacturer - Morris & Co
Designer William Morris -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Regd. Morris & Company/ Art Workers Ltd/ 17 St George Street/ Hanover Square/ London W1 (printed)/ 2828/ 5623/ Bird/ 50 inches/ 33/- per yard/ Showroom (inscribed)
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Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Textiles by William Morris and Morris & Co. 1861-1940
Emmeline Leary, Mr Oliver Fairclough 1981 Thames and Hudson, London W4

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