William Morris - poet designer campaigner hero of the Arts & Crafts movement - was a giant of the Victorian age and his beautiful creations and provocative philosophies are still with us today: but his wife Jane is too often relegated to a footnote an artist's model given no history or personality of her own.
In truth Jane and William's personal and creative partnership was the central collaboration of both their lives. The homes they made together - the Red House Kelmscott Manor and their houses in London - were works of art in themselves and the great labour of their lives was life itself: through their houses and the objects they filled them with they explored how we all might live a life more focused on beauty and fulfilment.
In How We Might Live Suzanne Fagence Cooper explores the lives and legacies of Jane and William Morris finally giving Jane's work the attention it deserves and taking us inside two lives of unparalleled creative artistry.
Classification : Biography & Memoir
Pub Date : MAR 3, 2022
Imprint : Quercus
Page Extent : 320
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9781529409482
Price : INR 2,399
Suzanne Fagence Cooper
Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper is an art historian focusing on 19th and 20th Century British art. She was a curator and Research Fellow at the V&A Museum for 12 years and is currently Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of York where she is curating a major exhibition on John Ruskin and JMW Turner.
She has worked as a consultant for a number of TV and film projects including 'Simon Schama's History of Britain'. In 2012 she was historical consultant to Ralph Fiennes director of 'The Invisible Woman' for a film about Charles Dickens.