English Arts and Crafts Socialism Banner in the manner of William Morris

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English Arts and Crafts Socialism Banner in the manner of William Morris

3,200.00

A rare, mint condition English Arts and Crafts period banner, with the words Socialism The Hope of the World in a ribbon banner below 2 flying birds flanking a beautifully stylized tree with rose blossoms, in the manner of William Morris, with the artist's initials WJ (as yet unidentified) in the roots of the tree, all in fresh colors—green, blue, terra cotta on a taupe field, printed on a fine satin weave cotton. New museum quality framing, with UV resistant glass, a green silk matte and antiqued carved wood frame.

Height: 28 1/2” Width: 29” Depth: 1”

$3200

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The design of this banner is very similar to textiles and wallpaper designs by William Morris who, in addition to being a poet and the founder of the Arts and Crafts movement, was also as a pioneer in the socialist movement in England. Born into a life of comfort, he rebelled against the ugliness which he saw around him which he saw as a result of the ravages of the profit-making principle that characterized factory production and brought poverty and misery to the factory workers. His designs, which focussed on the beauty of the natural world, and his craft society looked back to a medieval utopia when, he imagined, manual labor was fulfilling and highly valued. The red rose is the symbol of today's British Labour Party.