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KELMSCOTT MANOR, OXFORDSHIR­E

The idyllic 17th-century country home of Arts & Crafts pioneer William Morris has reopened following major refurbishm­ent

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Described by William Morris as “heaven on earth,” Kelmscott Manor has reopened following a £6m National Lottery Heritage-funded conservati­on project.

As well as undergoing structural repairs, the house has been restored to how it may have looked in Morris’s time, in the late 19th century.

Wallpaper has been individual­ly printed by hand using original Morris &

Co. blocks, and among many precious period pieces is Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s painting The Blue Silk Dress.

Painted in 1868, it depicts Morris’s wife, Jane, Rossetti’s muse, with whom he had an affair, sparking one of the most complex love triangles in art history.

John Lewis, General Secretary of the Society of Antiquarie­s of London, which looks after the house, says: “Our revitalise­d Kelmscott will explore the history of the estate through the core discipline­s of the Society and through the eyes of William Morris as an Antiquary and Fellow of our Society.” sal.org.uk/kelmscott-manor

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