This is the first design for Morris's 'Snakeshead' pattern. It is based on the Snakeshead fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris), a plant of the lily family with unusual checquered petals that grows wild in some British meadows. The design was manufactured for Morris & Co by Thomas Wardle. Four of the printing blocks for this design are in the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist William Morris -
Manufacturer Thomas Wardle -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
snakeshead/ print
Inscription top right Handwritten -
Watermark - - 1875


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Common Threads
- ???? 2002-07 - -

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