Morris held a fondness for birds, to the dismay of his gardener. Attempts at growing strawberries and blackberries were hindered by Morris’s declaration that the birds must be protected over the fruit. This pattern depicts Morris’s own view of the garden at Red House, where he watched birds dart through the rose trellises. Philip Webb, Morris’s collaborator on the design for the garden at Red House, drew the birds in this piece.
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Sidewall, Trellis; Designed by William Morris (British, 1834–1896); England; block-printed paper; 1941-74-19-a,b