Sir Max Beerbohm Topsy and Ned Jones Settled on the Settle in Red Lion Square 1916

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Max Beerbohm 1872–1956
Title
Topsy and Ned Jones Settled on the Settle in Red Lion Square
Date 1916
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 311 x 387 mm
frame: 700 x 575 x 20 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Sir Hugh Walpole 1941
Reference
A01049
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Topsy was William Morris's nickname; 'Ned' is short for 'Edward'. After moving to London in 1856, Morris and Burne-Jones took over the rooms at Red Lion Square that Rossetti had shared with Walter Deverell (one of the original Pre-Raphaelites). There were no furnishings, so Morris designed tables, chairs, cabinets and a settle, which were made by a local carpenter. Rossetti described the results as 'intensely mediaeval' and encouraged Burne-Jones and Morris to decorate the panels with their own paintings; Rossetti also provided designs himself. This growing interest in individual craftsmanship led to the formation of Morris & Co in 1861.

September 2004

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