Jul 12, 2017
Nov 8, 2006



20th century


William Morris

(British, 1834–1896)

Plain weave cotton, printed

Overall: 91.4 x 92.7 cm (36 x 36 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Henry Chisholm 1937.699



Among Morris’s first designs for printing on fabric, Marigold was originally intended for use on wallpaper, as seen in the image below. It was one of only a few patterns that clients could buy as both textile and wallpaper; it was also printed on linoleum. The wide variety of media available in Marigold speaks to the broad decorative application of its lively organic pattern. Here, blossoms and vines spread with ordered freedom, generating a sense of movement and demonstrating Morris’s revolutionary principle of “rational growth,” which set his designs apart from the formal, rigid patterns of his competitors.

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