"Anemone" is the largest print in my new Morris & Company collection.
It comes in six colorways in this line.
It represents a new direction for the firm of Morris & Company as designer John Henry Dearle took over the artistic management in the late 1890s. The Arts & Crafts aesthetic developed by William Morris had evolved into Art Nouveau with sinuous lines, stylized florals and a flatter look.
Dearle was born in 1860, the year before William Morris designed his first textile. As the younger generation, he adapted the end-of-the-century style to Morris design. This particular print was drawn for wall paper and seems to be the perfect wall-covering for the Edwardian home.
It makes a great fabric too.
I notice that I have put a date of 1876 on the selvage edge of this print.
It can't be! Dearle was 16 and Art Nouveau was still in the future in 1876.
I can't actually find a specific date for this design in my notes but I am thinking I meant 1896, the year Dearle took over as Director of the firm.
So let's say late 1890s.
Take a marker and change that 7 in the selvage to a 9 when you get your fabric.
It makes a great border as in this project from Moda
And this one from Planted Seed.
See these designs in the PDF you can download at Modahttp://www.unitednotions.com/fcc_morris_and_company.pdf