A Saturday afternoon in December 1900 saw the unveilling of this bust of William Morris,the poet, designer and artist, at the Walthamstow Library. The bust was executed by Henry C Fehr and was shown at the Royal Acadamy prior to installation at the library.
The bust was unveilled by Mr W Holman Hunt, in the presence of Morris's sister, at the same time as the opening of an extension to the library.
The bust was later moved to the WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY, London Borough of Waltham Forest, the source of this image.
William Morris was born at Walthamstow in March 1834. Educated at Malborough and Exeter College, Oxford, where he became influenced by John Ruskin and became friends with Rossetti, he can be considered as one of the pioneers of the socialist movement in England. He was also a pioneer of the arts and craft movement in Britain and is is best known for his designs of wallpapers and furnishings.