attributed to William Morris

The Archangel Gabriel

Not on display

Attributed to William Morris 1834–1896
Watercolour on paper
Support: 772 × 187 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1940

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In 1855 Morris and Burne-Jones toured northern France. Morris was enthralled by the architecture and stained-glass windows of the medieval cathedrals and returned to England determined to be an architect. He spent most of 1856 in the London office of George Edmund Street, a Gothic Revival architect, but quickly abandoned this career.

Stained-glass, perhaps the medium most evocative of the medieval period, was one of the mainstays of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. The designs shown here are the same as those Morris provided for St Michael and All Angels church, Brighton. Burne-Jones and Madox Brown also contributed to this decorative scheme.

Gallery label, August 2004

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