Peacock and Dragon
William Morris and Co.
Covered with fantastic beasts, this beautiful curtain keeps the draughts out of Shaw's Corner. William Morris and Shaw were very close friends, sharing opinions on socialism as well as art. Morris's Peacock and Dragon print was used in many rooms at his home Kelmscott Manor, where Shaw was a regular visitor. Charlotte and Shaw paid tribute to Morris by using his fabrics throughout their homes, both in their London flats, and here at Shaw's Corner.
Morris and Co 'Peacock and Dragon' design portiere (door curtain).
A William Morris style portière with four pairs of blue birds down the sides, and two pairs of white griffons down the centre. Filled in with leaves and flowers in green and off-white, all on a terracotta ground. Door curtain gathered at heading. Cotton herringbone heading tape with 17 large brass rings stitched onto it. Thick wool twill fabric with woven design.
Bequest of George Bernard Shaw, 1950.
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William Morris and Co., designer