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Bexleyheath

The Red House (NT), Red House Lane, was commissioned by William Morris in 1859 and designed by Philip Webb; it was Morris’s home for five years. The most interesting of the remaining tiles, some of which post-date Morris’s occupation of the house, are two groups of Morris tiles, possibly the first made by the firm. One hundred tiles of three different designs survive as a lining to a garden porch seat; these were designed - and reputedly painted by William Morris himself - around 1861. Original tiles may also be seen in two bedroom fire surrounds, but the identity of the designer is unclear.[1] The Dutch tiles in the dining room fireplace date from around 1880.

References

1.^         Richard Myers and Hilary Myers, William Morris Tiles - The tile designs of Morris and his Fellow-Workers (Richard Dennis, Shepton Beauchamp, 1996).

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