Strawberry Thief Printed Cotton Designed by William Morris in 1883

Strawberry Thief, one of Morris’s best-known designs, is an eight-colour indigo discharge printed cotton, leaving a white ground, a technique which Morris began to explore and perfected after moving the Morris & Co. premises from Queen Square to Merton Abbey in 1881. Here the convenient premises and soft water gave Morris a fresh impetus and he trained local boys as his staff in a neat and orderly dye-house with the smell of grass and flowers from the surrounding gardens. Strawberry Thief was a design inspired when Morris watched the thrushes in his garden eating strawberries. Printed cotton with Strawberry Thief pattern.

Record ID:T13
Measurement:Height: 94 cm, width: 137 cm
Classification:Textiles
Artist:Morris, William
Medium:cotton
References:Illustrated in Linda Parry 'William Morris textiles' (London, 2013) p.233, cat 52 and in Fiona Clark 'William Morris: Wallpapers and chintzes' (London,1973) p.76, cat 22.