Saturday, 1 May 2010

Kelmscott bed covers

I have come across another version of the coverlet that Morris' daughter originally made for her father's bed at Kelmscott Manor.....
Sweet dreams... bed cover embroidered by
William Morris's daughter, May, in the Emery Walker house.
Photo: David Levene

This cover was found in a house belonging to Sir Emery Walker who lived three doors away from Kelmscott House, Morris' final home in Hammersmith, West London. Emery moved here after Morris had died, but he had been a lifelong friend of both Morris and his daughter May. The article I came across from 2005 goes on to say that Emery's house was "A unique house stuffed with original William Morris designs and mementoes of most of the leading figures of the Arts and Crafts era"
It continues with dispair of the house closing from public view.....but read on............

Philip Webb, one of Morris designers left all of his possessions to Emery and now great joy.....we can go and see it all!! Check out this link. It is full of the most wonderful collection of Morris posessions and furnishings (another date for our visit later this year!)....

The original Kelmscott cover on Morris' bed at Kelmscott Manor

By the way, Kelmscott Manor have a fabulous new website;

Click on "conversations" and enjoy over a cuppa!


  1. that bed cover is just beautiful. Thanks for the info on your book as well.

  2. Great post. The bed covers in the blog are indeed fabulous. Thanks for sharing. Keep it up.

  3. Oh that bed cover is quite beautiful. I would so love to see it in person!

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