Photo: Amanda Slater

The De Morgan Centre for the Study of 19th Century Art and Society houses 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.

Together they were actively involved in a number of social movements of their day, including prison reform and women’s suffrage and so the Centre is also a rich resource for students of late 19th Century art, social and political history.

The Centre hosts a lively and wide ranging programme of temporary exhibitions, many featuring the work of contemporary crafts-people thus promoting craft education and the best craft practices of today.

 

De Morgan Centre, 38 West Hill, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1RX
Tel: 0208 871 1144
Times: Tuesday – Friday, 13.00 – 17.00
Saturday, 10.00 – 17.00