May Morris, Egypt and Coptic Textiles with Thomas Cooper


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Thursday 9th December, 7pm
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Virtually - via Zoom - a link will be sent to your email address prior to the event


The craftswoman, artist, designer, teacher and textile scholar May Morris (1862-1938), travelled extensively throughout her life, visiting places across Europe, North Africa and the United States of America. She spent the winter of 1896-97 in Egypt, and she actively engaged with this environment, making drawings, collecting objects and visiting ancient burial tombs.

Join Thomas Cooper as he explores May’s visit to Egypt and her engagement with Egyptian textiles. In particular, Thomas will discuss her interest in Coptic textiles, and consider how and why this interest was shared by her contemporary curators, scholars and textile practitioners. A variety of sources will be examined, including textiles from Egypt, Morocco and Sudan, jewellery and textiles made by May, textile publications, museum catalogues, photographs, correspondence, and archive material.

Thomas is PhD candidate and Pigott scholar at the University of Cambridge. He received his BA (Hons) and MA in History of Art from The Courtauld Institute of Art. His research looks at art, craft and design produced in Britain from the late-19th to the early 20th centuries, with a particular focus on hand-made textiles. His doctoral research is on the textiles designed and made by May Morris, c. 1880s – 1930s.

The talk lasts approximately one hour.

This is an online talk via Zoom. Please purchase your tickets below, one ticket per person.

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Photo of May Morris © William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum
Background image –  2009CR4035 Unknown Tunic © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


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