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Founded in New York in 1971 as an affiliate of the UK William Morris Society, the William Morris Society in the United States strives to publicize the life and work of William Morris and his associates. We coordinate our activities with our fellow Morris Societies in the UK and Canada, and distribute UK and US Newsletters and a biannual Journal of William Morris Studies.


Saturday, June 21, 2:30pm

Special Exhibition Tour with Lee Glazer

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington D.C., 20013

 James McNeill Whistler occupies a pivotal position between cultures and artistic traditions of East and West. American-born, French-trained, and London-based, he was an artist with a truly cosmopolitan background. After study in Paris, he settled in London in 1859He worked along the docks, etching and painting the bridges, old and new, that spanned the river Thames. Living within sight of the river, Whistler recorded the changes wrought by industrialization: changing vistas, new landmarks, even the dense atmosphere of smog mingled with gaslight. Over the years his subject matter, techniques, and compositions evolved with his sites. He sought to convey the essence of the river—the lifeblood of the city—ebbing and flowing before his perceptive eyes and caught by his skillful brush.

Lee Glazer, Associate Curator of American Art, has lectured and published on a wide range of art historical topics, including nineteenth-century popular illustration and song, the artist Romare Bearden, and James McNeill Whistler and American aestheticism. She recently reinstalled the Peacock Room to its appearance in 1908, when its shelves were filled with Asian ceramics collected and arranged by museum founder Charles Lang Freer. Since coming to the Freer and Sackler in 2007, Dr. Glazer has organized a series of thematic installations including watercolors by Winslow Homer, seascapes by American artist Dwight Tryon and Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, and nocturnes on paper by Whistler. She is the co-editor of James McNeill Whistler in Context (2008) and East West Interchanges in American Art (2012), and she recently worked with colleagues at Wayne State University on The Story of the Beautiful: Freer, Whistler and their Points of Contact, an interactive web resource devoted to American art at the Freer.

  Free to Willilam Morris Society of the United States members

For more details and to RSVP contact Margaretta Frederick,, (302)351-8518    

Digital Independent Morris-Inspired Press:

The Kelmsgarth Press
First Publication: William Morris: The Blog by Tony Pinkney


Upcoming Panels:

Helping in the Work of Creation: John Ruskin and William Morris Today. Saturday 31 May, 2014.

9 a. m. to 5 p. m. (with lunch and reception), Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, California. For further information: tel.: 510-848-3277;, and

MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION CONVENTION, Vancouver, Canada, January 8-11, 2015.

The William Morris Society will sponsor two conference sessions. The first is a panel on "William Morris: The Ecological and the Oceanic."  Times and places will be announced in July. We will arrange for a pass for non-MLA members; to receive such a pass, please write

The topics and speakers will be: "William Morris Down Under," Robert Reason, Art Gallery of South Australia; "The Idea of William Morris: Representing Activism in the Post-Political Age," Eddy Kent, University of Alberta; and "The Morrisian Legacy in 21st Century Britain," Martin Stott, President U. K. Morris Society.

Our second session, co-sponsored with the Old Norse Discussion Group, will be on "William Morris and Old Norse."

The topics and speakers will be: "The Handiest of Men and Skilled in Everything," Yuri Cowan, University of Trondheim; "William Morris's Translation of Voluspa," Paul Acker, St. Louis University; and "Morris's Icelandic Journeys, 1871 and 1873," Martin Stott, President, U. K. Morris Society. For more information, after 15 July please write and


Coming in 2014…

The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900
17 February-19 May 2013, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
A version of the Tate Britain exhibition, Fall 2012, with a second display, Pre-Raphaelites and the Book

Other Events in the US:

Book sale to benefit the William Morris Society in the United States

New Illustrated Edition of News from Nowhere

New Blog by WMS Award Winner: The Morrisian

New Book:

Recently published!
The Collected Letters of Jane Morris
edited by Jan Marsh and Frank Sharp
Boydell and Brewer, 2012
Shadows of Amiens bookcover

Morris-related Book:

Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture. Stanford, 2012.

Shadows of Amiens bookcover
The Multifaceted Mr. Morris: A Record of the Exhibition in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library, 1–30 October 2010
Jane Marguerite Tippett
Lead Graffiti, 2012
The Kelmscott Chaucer: A Census
William S. Peterson and Sylvia Holton Peterson
Oak Knoll Press, 2011

Kelmscott Chaucer bookcover
A History of Kelmscott House
Helen Elletson
William Morris Society, London, 2011
Illustrated Edition of the Works of William Morris in English,
Robert L. M. Coupe
Second edition
Published by the author, 2011
Illustrated Editions bookcover
Socialist Aesthetics and "The Shadows of Amiens"
Florence S. Boos
William Morris Society: London, 2011
Shadows of Amiens bookcover