The De Morgan Centre for the Study of 19th Century Art and Society was a gallery in the London Borough of Wandsworth, England, which was home for a few years to the De Morgan Collection – a large collection of the work of the Victorian ceramic artist William De Morgan and his wife, the painter Evelyn De Morgan. William De Morgan's work was inspired by Middle Eastern and particularly Iznik ceramics which created in vivid blue and green glazes. De Morgan is also credited with the rediscovery in Victorian Britain of the art of lustre glazes. Evelyn De Morgan's art is notable for her rich use of colour and her emphasis on strong female protagonists. The De Morgans were involved in the social issues of the day such as women's suffrage, and this engagement was covered by the museum.See De Morgan Centre and all London has to offer by arranging your trip with our London tour itinerary builder website.
The De Morgan Collection includes oil paintings, ceramics, drawings and archive material related to the De Morgans and their circle and it was formed by Evelyn De Morgan's sister, Mrs Wilhelmina Stirling, who wrote several books under the name A.M.W. Stirling. Mrs Stirling provided public access to the collection at her home, Old Battersea House until her death in 1965.
In 1967 the De Morgan Foundation, a registered charity, was formed to care for the collection and parts of it were loaned to a number of locations including Cardiff Castle, Cragside in Northumberland and Knightshayes Court in Devon, all of which have interiors from the years when the De Morgans were active.
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The De Morgan Centre has some breathtakingly beautiful ceramics by William De Morgan, who collaborated with William Morris (there are some of his pieces at Kelmscott) and assisted Frederick Leighton..... more »
Probably the most stunning "Wow factor" small collection anywhere in London. The paintings of Evelyn and the ceramics of William De Morgan complement each other. The ceramics In particular amaze with.... more »
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