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The Artists Rifles in Camp, 1884 Featured William Morris Print

The Artists Rifles in Camp, 1884

The Artists Rifles in Camp, 1884.Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left Godfrey Merry 1884, by Godfrey Pitney Merry, (fl 1883-1915), 1884.In August 1884 the 20th Middlesex (Artists') Rifle Volunteers held their camp at Aldershot. Attendance at these summer camps was voluntary and usually not very well attended, while the long Easter weekend camp was much more popular. Here the volunteers are shown preparing for drill. Some are almost ready, equipped with blanket rolls and Snider rifles, while the soldier buying fish still needs to change his fashionable, but non-regulation, two-tone shoes.Following the formation in 1859 of the Volunteer Force for national defence, the regiment was raised in 1860 as the 38th Middlesex (Artists) Rifle Volunteers. It was so-named as it was mainly composed of painters, sculptors, engravers, musicians, architects and actors. One of the first officers was Frederick (later Lord) Leighton, who was subsequently both Honorary Colonel of the regiment and President of the Royal Academy of Arts. Other famous volunteers include John Everett Millais, William Morris and Holman Hunt.In 1880 the regiment was renumbered the 20th Middlesex (Artists') Rifle Volunteers. The following year it became a volunteer battalion of the Rifle Brigade. In 1908 it changed to the 28th (County of London) Battalion, the London Regiment (Artists? Rifles). Following a number of redesignations, in 1950 the unit became 21st Regiment Special Air Service (TA), the territorial unit of the SAS. Date: 1884

© The National Army Museum / Mary Evans Picture Library

Coronation thrones, 1911 Featured William Morris Print

Coronation thrones, 1911

The thrones used for the enthronisation stage of the ceremony during the coronation of King George V in June 1911. These would be used following the crowning of the King on St. Edward's Chair and differ for each coronation. This pair were reproduced by Messrs Morris (William Morris) from Jacobean originals from Knole with an X-shaped back supports of beechwood and upholstery of crimson silk damask specially designed by William Morris some years before. The silk was dyed with pure madder and woven on the Morris looms at Merton Abbey. Date: 1911

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Rupes Topseia, 1874 (pen & ink on paper) Featured William Morris Print

Rupes Topseia, 1874 (pen & ink on paper)

XJF417311 Rupes Topseia, 1874 (pen & ink on paper) by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Charles (1828-82); Private Collection; ( caricature of William Morris (1834-98) English designer; he is shown falling from a precipice with a copy of Earthly Paradise and a knife and fork; Rossetti and the other partners in Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co are shown seated on the hill with a banner declaring we are starving, they were angry at Morris for proposing to take entire control of the business by buying them out; Jane Morris looks down from the crescent moon;); English, out of copyright

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