Design for Cover of "The Earthly Paradise"
Date: 1890
Medium: Graphite, black and brown ink, and gouache on paper
Dimensions: 9 7/8 × 14 7/8 in. (25.1 × 37.8 cm) frame: 18 1/2 × 22 9/16 in. (47 × 57.3 cm)
Credit Line: Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1935
Object Number: 1935-80
About: From the very beginning, a love of literature and the printed book was a key component of Pre-Raphaelitism. Original members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood contributed to and radically changed current attitudes towards illustration. In the next generation, William Morris focused on the book as a whole, from cover to contents. Here Morris conceives the cover design for his book of narrative poems, The Earthly Paradise.
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