Designer / Maker
Designed by Philip Webb (1831-1915)
Manufactured by Morris & Co. (1875-1940)
Ebonised beech (?), with brass rod and castors; the covering to the original upholstery is of later date
94 x 69.2 x 81.3 cm
English (London), last quarter of nineteenth century
By repute, a Pre-Raphaelite painter; […]; acquired in Lewes, mid-1970s; private collection until 2021
Philip Webb’s design for this model is based on a drawing by Warrington Taylor of a traditional reclining chair, sketched in a carpenter’s workshop in Sussex; see Linda Parry, ed., William Morris, London, 1996, fig. 68.
This adjustable chair remained popular from the time it was first produced in the 1860s by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (1861-1875); it remained available from Morris & Co. (1875-1940) until the early twentieth century.
Adjustable chairs, inspired by Webb’s design were manufactured by firms such as Liberty & Co., and in America ‘Morris’ chairs were included in the range of furniture available from L. & J. G. Stickley.