William Morris, born in 24 March 1834 was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and Utopian socialist associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement.

With his creative genius, he helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, and was a direct influence on postwar authors such as J.R. R Tolkien (Lord of the Rings trilogy). He was also a major contributor to reviving traditional textile arts and methods of production.

William Morris by Frederick Hollyer, 1887

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