Even William Morris didn’t get it right the first time

William Morris (1834 – 1896), Philip Webb (1831 – 1915), Trellis wallpaper design (1862).
Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper, 66 x 61 cm.
© William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest

In this sketch for his first wallpaper design, Trellis, William Morris made light sketches, altered the position of leaves and tested out colours for the background before settling on the final piece. He even got his friend, the designer and architect Philip Webb, to draw the birds for him.

The drawing is on display in the delightful William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow!