An art history doctoral student's book showcases the 2010 William Morris exhibition held at the University of Delaware.

Book showcases exhibition

New fine-press volume highlights 'multifaceted' William Morris

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3:03 p.m., Oct. 10, 2012--A new book by an art history doctoral student at the University of Delaware showcases an exhibit that was open on campus in 2010.

The Multifaceted Mr. Morris records the William Morris exhibition that was mounted in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection as part of the "Useful and Beautiful" conference held in October 2010.

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The new book includes descriptions of more than 30 books, manuscripts, drawings and other works. An introduction tells how Samuels Lasner, who is a senior research fellow of the University of Delaware Library, became a collector of Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites. The author, Jane Marguerite Tippett, a doctoral student in art history, organized the Morris exhibition while working in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection.

"Useful and Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites" was a three-day conference, organized with the assistance of the William Morris Society in the United States, that brought internationally known scholars and experts to lectures and related exhibitions at UD, the Delaware Art Museum, Winterthur Museum and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.

The "Multifaceted Mr. Morris" exhibition, one of two exhibitions on view in the University of Delaware Library during the conference, illustrated the many aspects of the Victorian poet and designer’s work in literature, politics and printing. (The library’s other exhibition, “London Bound: American Writers in Britain, 1870-1916, was curated by Samuels Lasner and Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies.)

The new book was printed by Lead Graffiti, a Newark, Del., letterpress studio operated by Ray Nichols, retired UD professor of art, and his wife, Jill Cypher, also a former University employee. Nichols and Cypher describe The Multifaceted Mr. Morris as their most ambitious letterpress book project to date. The design incorporates interesting elements, including small visual images representing each entry, a hand-bound cover and eight color plates. The July 2012 edition of Fine Books and Collections featured an article on the book that included additional information about Lead Graffiti.

The Multifaceted Mr. Morris, issued in a limited edition of 150 copies, is available from Lead Graffiti and from Oak Knoll Books.

Photo courtesy of Lead Graffiti and Oak Knoll Books

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