Design for Windrush printed cotton by William Morris, c. 1881

Design for a printed cotton textile in pencil and watercolour depicting vertically meandering stems with large flower-heads, overlapping with the scrolling foliage and flower-heads of a far smaller plant, on a dark blue background. This pattern was designed by Morris in response to his study of oriental textiles. It is one of 13 textile designs by that he named after tributaries of the River Thames, which flowed past both his London home, Kelmscott House, and his country retreat in rural Oxfordshire, Kelmscott Manor. See 'William Morris textiles' by Linda Parry (2nd edn: London: Victoria And Albert Museum, 2013).

Record ID:D32
Measurements:height: 131.5 cm, width: 99.6 cm
Inscription:Front: Windrush Chintz 3 block white brown yellow Back: Windrush 36 Merton Abbey [all St]
Classification:Original designs
Date:1881 - 1883
Artist:Morris, William
Medium:pencil and watercolour on paper
Date:1881 - 1883
References:illustrated in Linda Parry 'William Morris Textiles' (London: 2013) p.237, cat.56 and in Fiona Clark 'William Morris: Wallpapers and Chintzes' (London, 1973) p.77, cat.23.