Love is Enough: At Home with Jane and William Morris

Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper

William Morris wrote: ’The secret of true happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.’

This lecture looks at the houses and works of art that Jane & William made together, from the Red House to Kelmscott Manor.  Through newly revealed letters and diaries, furniture, wall-hangings and beautiful books, we can explore the pioneering life they embraced with their artist friends.

Dr Fagence Cooper studied History at Oxford University and Art History at the Courtauld Institute and at Christie’s Education.  She was a Curator and Research Fellow at the V&A Museum for twelve years and is now a Visiting Fellow at the University of York. Dr Fagence Cooper lectured extensively for museums and on Cunard liners and undertaken broadcasts and consultancies for the BBC and Channel 4.  She was the Historical Consultant to Ralph Fiennes for The Invisible Woman, a film about Charles Dickens and the BBC drama, The Living and the Dead. Her publications include Pre-Raphaelite Art in the Victoria and Albert Museum (2003), The Victorian Woman (2001) and Effie Gray, Ruskin & Millais (2010).  She was Research Curator at York Art Gallery for the exhibition Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud (2019) and her most recent book is To See Clearly: Why Ruskin Matters.  Currently Dr Fagence Cooper isworking on a new book: At Home with Jane and William Morris. 

Thursday 16th September at 7.30pm (via Zoom or at a venue to be confirmed).