Collection Online
colour woodcut on paper
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Michael Whiteway, 2009
Gallery location
Not on display

William Morris was an influential figure in the English Arts and Crafts Movement. As a leading manufacturer and decorator, he exercised a profound influence on industrial design and interior decoration in the late nineteenth century. Morris was also a shareholder in Devon Great Consuls, a mine that became the world’s largest source of arsenic.

In 2003, a Scottish bio-geochemist identified the presence of arsenic green pigments in a sample of Trellis wallpaper, one of Morris’s earliest and most popular patterns.

—text from Fashion Detective (May 2014)