Sunday, July 21, 2013

Garden of earthly delights

William Morris built his Red House in Bexleyheath, Kent, as a family home as well as a showcase for his ebullient decorations. It became an organic depiction of his philosophy of life, love and 'art for the people'. Fiona MacCarthy celebrates a radical Victorian

Fiona MacCarthy
The Guardian, Saturday 26 July 2003

the 1861 census which lists for the Red House:

William Morris, aged 27 - Artist Painter, BA, born Walthamstow.
Jane Morris, aged 21, born Oxford.
Algernon Swinburne, aged 24 - Student, Oxford, born London.
Thomas Reynolds, aged 25 - Groom to head of family, born Woodford.
Jane Chapman, aged 27 - Housemaid, born Faversham.
Charlotte Cooper, aged 28 - Cook (Domestic), born Somerset.
Elizabeth Reynolds, aged 31 - Nurse (Private), born Leyton.
Jane Alice Morris, aged 3 months, born Bexley.
Morris' daughter, although Christened Jane Alice, was known as Jenny.

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