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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
14th August 1948 The first Summer Olympics to be held since 1936, were closed in London.
14th August 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
14th August 1903 Born today: Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
14th August 1867 Forsyte Saga author John Galsworthy was born in Kingston Upon Thames.
14th August 1802 Poet and novelist Letitia Elizabeth Landon (LEL) was born in Chelsea, London.
William Morris's Furniture
This is where William Morris designed his first furniture.
Location: 17 Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury, London
Description: Legendary designer William Morris (1834-1896) lived here for 5 years after artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti recommended the rooms here. His friend Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) also moved in around the same time on the same advice.
It was here that Morris first tried his hand at furniture and textile design, producing the first of the medieval-style furnishings which gave rise to the Arts and Crafts movement. Burne-Jones too began to paint the quasi-medieval subjects for which he later became famous.
In 1861 Morris, Burne-Jones and Rossetti set up a design business together at number eight Red Lion Square, to produce high-quality furniture and fittings using traditional craft methods. Their housekeeper, known as 'Red Lion Mary', did much of the sewing and tapestry, and also contributed to some of Morris's designs.
Tagged in this Tour: Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood