10 minute talks: Alterations, Art and Architects

Red House Drawing Room before discoveries

This year Red House is exploring the effects of William Morris’ legacy of exquisite craftsmanship that he left behind here. Join us for our ten minute talks as we discover how he inspired the later owners of Red House, and how some of them set out to preserve his legacy before the National Trust.

Alterations


Red House is not quite the same as it was when Morris left with his family in 1865, choosing to move closer to his ever-growing design company. Although the architecture is little changed, over 100 years of later owners have adapted the furnishings to suit their own styles and represent what they thought Morris’ home and legacy should look like. Classic Morris & Co wall papers have been added, and fittings changed, but the house remains rooted in its memory of Morris. Let us show you the layers of life here at Red House.

Settle painted over brown with revealed detail in bottom corners
Settle painted over brown with revealed detail in the corners
Settle painted over brown with revealed detail in bottom corners


Art


Charles Holme, a late 19th century owner of Red House, was an avid fan of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts movement. A great lover of Oriental art, he had ties with Japan and was a great influence on the rising Japanese art culture movement in England. Find out how his magazine publication, The Studio, helped to build the reputation and spread the legacy of Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement.

Studio at Red House
Studio at Red House
Studio at Red House


Architecture


The last owner of Red House, prior to the National Trust, was Ted Hollamby. As an architect and a socialist, Hollamby was the designer behind many of the socialist estates in London, including Brixton. He drew his designs in the same studio Morris did 100 years before, and it was Hollamby who opened Morris’ home to visitors during his lifetime while he still lived at Red House.

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