The De Morgan Foundation owns a large collection of the work of the Victorian ceramic artist William De Morgan and his wife, the painter Evelyn De Morgan. The ceramics collection includes vases, tiles and panels. William De Morgan is credited with the rediscovery of the art of lustre. His work was influenced by the Islamic tiles he saw at the South Kensington Museum. 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. The collection was formed by Evelyn De Morgan's sister, Mrs Wilhelmina Stirling, who wrote several books under the name A.M.W. Stirling. It had been previously on display at her home, Old Battersea House. In the years following her death in 1965 parts of the collection were displayed at 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. From 2002 until the 28th June 2014, it was rehoused at the former West Hill Reference Library in Wandsworth, in south west London, which dates from 1887.
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- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Research facilities for academics
- Academic publications and resources available
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Direct teaching services for schools
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