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The large entrance hall holds one of the highlights of the collection; a settle designed by Philip Webb, architect of the house and decorated with a mural thought to be by William Morris and Dante Gabrielle Rossetti. It shows the beginnings of Morris’ love of pattern through intricately detailed clothing that many of the figures are wearing.
More of Philip Webb designed furniture dominates in the Dining Room, a large dresser, originally dragon’s blood red stands at one end. Next to it an embroidery of Aphrodite, made by the talented hands of Jane Morris and her sister Elizabeth Burden.
This modest room was known to have been William and Jane’s bedroom. Although small in size it would have been rich in decoration. Wall hangings would have given the room warmth and the walls were painted by the couples' friends. Uncovered in 2013 from behind a wardrobe is part of this original decoration showing figures from Genesis painted as if hanging on fabric.
" I got my friend to build me a house very medieval in spirit in which I lived for 5 years, and set myself to decorating it."
It is in this room that we can best glimpse the Red House that William and Jane would have known. Remnants of patterns long hidden by later owners can be seen and boldly surrounding another large dresser is the set of three wall paintings that Edward Burne-Jones painted for William and Jane as a wedding present.