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William Morris

William Morris (1834-96) is an English artist, poet, author, thinker and social activist who was active in a diverse number of fields; he is known as one of the outstanding historical figures that has come to represent 19th century England. William Morris was called the father of modern design, a pioneering designer who played a leading role in the Arts and Crafts Movement.

This exhibition will introduce Morris’s life as a designer by tracing the often overlooked time periods of Morris’s life, such as his childhood and his time as a student, all the way to his later years. Morris’s creative activities are deeply connected to his surroundings at the time of his work, such as his ‘home’, ‘school’ and ‘workplace’. In this exhibition, scenic photos taken by photographer ORISAKU Mineko will be showcased alongside a chronicle of Morris’s life as a designer divided into 6 chapters, consisting of Chapter 1 “From Childhood to Adolescence (1834-59)”, Chapter 2 “From Red House to Queen Square (1859-71)”, Chapter 3 “Kelmscott Manor (1871-96)”, Chapter 4 “Kelmscott House and Merton Abbey (1878-96)”, Chapter 5 “The Kelmscott Press (1891-96)”, and Chapter 6 “Arts and Crafts Moment and Morris’s Colleagues"

Additionally, with the help of Osaka University of Arts, this exhibition will showcase all 66 volumes of work published by “The Kelmscott Press” (a printing company established by Morris in his final years) in two parts.

Dive into the world of design created by Morris and his colleagues with around 151 items including interior decoration on display.



18th May (Mon.), 2020 - 28th June (Sun.), 2020

* There will be the changes of exhibits during the exhibition.


9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. * Ticket counter closes at 16:30


Mondays (except for 18th May, 25th May)

Admissiontax included

Adults: 1,300 yen
Students: 1,100 yen
Elementary / Junior high school / High school students: 650 yen

Group ticket prices

Adults: 1,100 yen
Students: 900 yen
Elementary / Junior high school / High school students: 500 yen

Organized by

The Miyagi Museum of Art,
Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co.,
Higashi Nippon Broadcasting Co. Ltd.

Special Cooperation

Osaka University of Arts

Planning and Produced by

Brain Trust Inc.

Nominal support

The Sendai Municipal Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (Sendai Station), Tohoku Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Sendai Television Incorporated, Television Miyagi Network Co.,Ltd., Sendai FM., Iwate Asahi TV Co., Ltd., Yamagata Television System Inc., Fukushima Broadcasting Co., Ltd.


Daisy, 1864
Designed by William Morris
Photo ©Brain Trust Inc.

Strawberry Thief, 1883
Designed by William Morris
Photo ©Brain Trust Inc.

Cray-red, 1884
Designed by William Morris
Photo ©Brain Trust Inc.

Medway, 1885
Designed by William Morris
Photo ©Brain Trust Inc.

The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, 1896
Edited by F. S. Elis, Kelmscott Press
Osaka University of Arts

Table Lamp, 20th century
Designed by William Arthur Smith Benson,
(Shade: James Pawell)
Photo ©Brain Trust Inc.

Red House
Photo ©Mineko Orisaku, ©Brain Trust Inc.
Thanks to the National Trust
Red House, Bexley, London

Kelmscott Manor
Photo ©Mineko Orisaku, ©Brain Trust Inc.

Discount Information

Discount for Visitors to TOHOKU HISTORY MUSEUM

Present your stub of this exhibition ticket at reception of TOHOKU HISTORY MUSEUM and you can enter the special exhibition for the group rate during 25th April. (Sat.) to 14th June. (Sun.), 2019.

Please note that this discount cannot be used with other discounts.

Discount for Repeat Visitors

Present your stub of ticket to this exhibition at reception and you can enter again with 100 yen discount. Reception staff will keep your stub.
Please note that this discount cannot be used with other discounts.