Happy 180th Birthday, William Morris!

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“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Arts-and-crafts designer William Morris — architect, painter, poet, and political activist — entered Exeter College at Oxford, in 1853, where he became a member of an undergraduate aesthetic circle which was enamoured of an idealised Middle Ages and heavily under the influence of Tennyson’s Arthurian poems, Carlyle‘s Past and Present, and Ruskin‘s The Stones of Venice.

Happy 180th Birthday, William Morris!