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De Morgan, William Frend,

1839–1917, English artist and novelist; son of Augustus De Morgan. A famous potter, he designed glass and tiles and rediscovered an old process of making colored lusterware. When he was 66 he retired from business and turned to writing novels, which were quite popular and brought him a large income. They include Joseph Vance (1906) and When Ghost Meets Ghost (1914).
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William De Morgan, by profession a manufacturer of artistic pottery, has astonished the world by beginning to publish at the age of sixty-five a series of novels which show no small amount of Thackeray's power combined with too large a share of Thackeray's diffuseness.
Intricate Persian-style decoration was popular from around 1887, championed by artist-designer Leonard King in the style of William De Morgan.
It turns out the brilliantly coloured ceramics were coveted De Morgans, designed by William De Morgan, a key proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement in the late 19th and early 20th century.
It turns out the brilliantly-coloured ceramics were coveted De Morgans, designed by William De Morgan, a key proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Other highlights include a William De Morgan vase of around 1880 at Kinghams Art Pottery Ltd; a Picasso felt-tip drawing of 1965 (dedicated to George Orwell's second wife, Sonia) at Walker Galleries; and the fine Alfred Munnings oil Poethlyn at the Taylor Gallery.
The interiors of Penrhiw are similarly exclusive - the carved pitch pine and plaster interiors with William de Morgan fireplaces forming the main design theme.
The interiors feature many original wallpapers, fabrics and furnishings by William Morris, glass by Charles Kempe, ceramics by William de Morgan and artwork by Rossetti and Sir Edward Burne-Jones (whose famous stained glass windows make visiting St Philip's Cathedral in Birmingham so rewarding).
But Harry was fascinated by the decorative possibilities for coloured glass and this, coupled with his association with such designers as William de Morgan, John Ruskin and WilliamMorris, he began to experiment with opalescent and coloured glass.
These include ceramics by William de Morgan and bronze sculptures by Gertrude Spencer-Stanhope and loans of paintings by John Roddam and his niece, Evelyn de Morgan, from Tate Britain and the De Morgan Centre in London.
For instance, William Morris and William de Morgan were famous in their time and their designs and colours sum up their eras.