Search Articles:
Search Products:

William Morris Font and Art Collection


William Morris was one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts Movement and closely involved with the Pre-Raphaelite artists of the mid-19th century. His ideal of integrating art, literature and graphic design inspired a generation of artists like Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Millais and Waterhouse. Morris was an artist, poet, writer and designer himself. He is probably best remembered for his fabric designs and his book designs for Kelmscott Press, especially their edition of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer known as the Kelmscott Chaucer, for which Morris designed all the fonts, borders and decorations and commissioned illustrations by pre-raphaelite master Edward Burne-Jones. He pioneered modern renderings of antique styles of type as well as the production of high-quality home furnishings, including the famous reclining Morris Chair. Morris left behind an enduring legacy of quality and creativity which will continue to inspire artists for years to come.

Our Morris collection includes an excellent selection of Morris’ fabric designs and patterns, plus a collection of original fonts based on his type designs for books published by the Kelmscott Press. We have recently augmented the collection with new fonts, new patterns and the addition of a large selection of decorative borders, emblems and initials.

Morris floral and leaf fabric patterns are excellent for use in web page design. They can be made into contiguous tiles for use as backgrounds on web pages. They also make excellent backdrops for decorative pages in print and great endpapers for books with a classic look. Each of the patterns in our Morris collection is a high-resolution image and suitable for use online or in print. Above you can see the original patterns from the collection. The new patterns added in the latest update are shown to the left.

The fonts featured in this collection are shown to the right. The first three are the original set, and the two in lighter green are our most recent additions. Morris Initials is based on initials done for the Kelmscott Chaucer. The second font is Kelmscott, based on Morris’ Troy type which was used to set many of his books. The third is True Golden, based on Morris’ Golden type which was also widely used in books from the Kelmscott Press. The first of the new fonts is Morris Black Letter, based on hand lettering Morris did as a prototype for what eventually developed into the Troy style. The second is Chaucerian Initials, based on the illuminated capitals in the Kelmscott edition of Chaucer’s works. The relationship between the text faces and the initials is clear to see, and they work very well in combination.

To the left you can see some samples of the newly added borders, frames and emblems from Morris’ edition of Chaucer. These include a wide variety of large and small floral borders as well as unusual initials which include complete words embedded in the decorations of the initial.

Like many of our collections, the Morris collection has now grown to the point where it is only available on CD. The complete collection is only $59. Our Morris collection is also available in a retail package ideal for sale in museums and bookstores. Send email for information on wholesale terms and availability. You can order the Morris collection for delivery online or by mail from our online store.

If you want to try out one of our Morris fonts, give Chaucerian Initials a try. The demo version is slightly different from the final version which is in the Morris package. You can download the True Type version which will work with Windows or MacOS right here.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

comments

3 Responses to “William Morris Font and Art Collection”

  1. Paul E. Clinco on August 6th, 2010

    Beautiful fonts and borders. I have a Dover facsimile of Morris’s “Well At The World’s End, and the two decorative initial fonts are well displayed there. In the Morris book, the Scriptorium Chaucerian Initials are usually three lines tall, and the older Sriptorium capital font is six lines tall. My CD has not yet arrived, and the downloadable version of my order did not include the originial initials, which I eager to use.
    Morris’s comma (alone and in the semicolon) is larger than the comma delivered with the Scriptorium font, and the single and double quotation marks don’t look appropriate at all. There are no single or double quotation marks in the Morris facsimile. Also, where the Scriptorium provides only an “em”-dash, Morris has “em”-dash, “en”-dash, and a peculiar hyphen for splitting words at the end on lines. Morris also has a leaf character as a text separator when he didn’t wish to make a new line for what came after the leaf.
    These additions would certainly make using the Scriptorium Morris fonts for a book-length work easier and more appealing. There are other “kelmscott” fonts available on line, but none of them are anywhere near Scriptorium quality.

  2. Edward Lipsett on October 22nd, 2012

    Sirs,

    I am trying to locate a decorative initial font. I thought it was a William Morris design, but it seems not. I’m wondering if it might be included on your WM CD, however, or if you might be able to direct me to the font designer.
    I’ve put a clean scan of four letters up on the web if you could have a look at it:
    http://www.intercomltd.com/clients/UnknownFont.jpg

    If this is a font in your CD, I’d like to purchase a copy.

    Thank you for your time.

  3. Dave on October 26th, 2012

    Edward. I believe that is based on the same Morris design as our Morris Initials font, but they seem to have removed the frame around the characters, leaving only the outlines and not the dark blackdrop of the characters. It wouldn’t be difficult to adapt our font to have that look. Drop me a line at dave@fontcraft.com if you want to explore that option.

    Dave

Leave a Reply




  • Help Pick Our Next Font...

    We've got five designs were considering for out next font. They all fairly similar so we need some help choosing. Which one would you like to see next?[more]


    Flatstock 43 in Austin...

    It's South by Southwest time in Austin and for me that means it's time for my annual visit to the Flatstock poster show. As always, the show was great, but every year it seems harder to get to than the year before as SXSW spreads out over more and more of Austin with ever more ridiculous numbers of bearded hipsters in [more]


    Classic Font: Reynard...

    BUY NOW TRY DEMO Custom Preview Reynard is a classic font based on hand lettering from the decorative frontispiece of a book of French fairytales published in the 1890s.  It looks like a combination of art nouveau lettering and stylized Celtic calligraphy. Since we first released it in 2001 it has been[more]


    Russian Constructivist Fonts...

    Our newest release is our collection of Constructivist Fonts based on poster lettering from the early post-revolutionary period in Russia, including designs based on the styles of famous designers of the period like Alexander Rodchenko, Mikhail Vrubel and Sergei Eisenstein.  These are typical of the m[more]


    Walter Crane: Aladdin's Picture ...

    Walter Crane produced a series of small pamphlets in the 1890s based on popular fairy tales, done in large format with 6 pages of illustrations and about an equal number of pages of text. They were rather like the 19th century equivalent of comic books, in the same vein as what Howard Pyle was doing across the Atlantic[more]


    Folkard Font on Dublin Black Che...

    I was shopping in my local HEB grocery store this weekend and found myself in the soft drink section, confronted by a wall of cool retro-looking bottles of all sorts of sodas from the Dublin Bottling Works, a company based in Dublin Texas which produces a full line of specialty soft drinks, apparently mostly for distri[more]


    Columbia's Courtship by Walter C...

    As part of Great Britain's participation in the 1906 World's Fair in Chicago, legendary Arts and Crafts artist Walter Crane was comissioned to produce a special commemorative book in a limited edition. The result was Columbia's Courtship, an epic poem about American history, written and hand lettered by Walter Crane w[more]


    Buccaneer Sails on Strange Tides...

    Our buccaneer font is peculiarly popular for pirate themed designs, which explains why it is prominently featured on the absurdly named "ARRR BARRR" pirate inspired nutty chocolate bar with a "Scandalous Activity Kit" inside. I admired the packaging in the store but not enough to sample one of the curious confections.[more]


    Save Ink with the InkSaver Font...

    While I still think it may be some sort of obscure and premature April Fool's joke, an article called Kerning, Kerning, kerning through the years in the Washington Post presents a mildly humorous presentation of the story of a 14 year old research genius who figured out that switching from a heavier weight font to a li[more]


    Days of Yore Font in Development...

    Those who follow our new releases may have noticed that things have slowed down substantially in the last few months. The main reason why we haven't had a new font release and other activity is slowed is that we're working on a monstrous new font project which we are calling Days of Yore. It's based on samples o[more]


    Olympic Symbol Fonts...

    There was an interesting report on NPR today about the history of Olympic pictograms, the special sets of custom international symbols used to help people from many different linguistic backgrounds find their way around the Olympics and identify things like sports venues and restrooms. There is a long history of speci[more]


    Facebook Acquires 2 New Colors a...

    Citing the boring sameness of their web presentation, the management of social media giant Facebook has contacted us here at the Scriptorium to purchase two new proprietary colors and 3 new custom fonts for $1.2 billion. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg observed that now that his company has topped the $100 billion mark[more]


    April Fools Highlights...

    Every year we try to amuse with some sort of April Fools prank.  This year visitors to the site were first greeted by what looked like a hacker takeover, a modest joke, but we've done some even bigger and sillier things in previous years. Here are some examples preserved as best we could. 1998 April Fools Page 1999[more]


    Art of the Pinball Playfield...

    I often find myself being surprised by art which I run into in unexpected places, or in contexts where I don't think about art as art because of its utilitarian application. I stumbled into a good example this weekend when I took my 11 year old daughter to our local video and pinball arcade, Pinballz in Austin. The[more]


    2013 Font and Art Sampler Packag...

    At the start of every year we put out a special sampler package of the fonts and art which we released in the previous year at a very low introductory price. It's a great way to try out some of our products. Now it's time to release the sampler for 2013, with a great selection o[more]


    Holiday Fonts and Art...

    hatever holiday you celebrate, it's probably a time of cards and presents and decorations and parties -- that means you're going to need great fonts and art to add elegance and unique flare to your seasonal projects. The Scriptorium Holiday Fonts and Art  collection has the resources you need, including free samples an[more]


    Gothic Fonts Collection...

    Our gothic font collection is a compilation of our most interesting fonts based on gothic type and late medieval calligraphy. It covers the range from the historical styles in which gothic printing had its inspiration to the ornate heights of complex gothic fonts from 19th century Germany. This includes fonts in the[more]


    Romantic Fonts and Art for Valen...

    We've got a font package for just about every other holiday, so it seemed impossible to resist putting together a collection of fonts specifically for the romantic themes of Valentines Day.  Once we'd settled on the idea it was inevitable that we also include a selection of romantic [more]


    Arts & Crafts Collection...

    Click any font to see a larger sample. The new second edition of our Arts & Crafts font collection features 15 fonts based on designs from the Arts & Crafts movements of the late Victorian period. They are derived from designs from several branches of the movement, and demon[more]


    Charles Folkard Grimm Mini-Packa...

    It's been a while since we released any new art from our collection of fairytale books illustrated by Charles Folkard. So it's about time we make available this collection of his illustrations for Grimm's Fairy Tales. This mini-package includes 8 beautifully drawn and colored images from stories by the Brothers Grim[more]


  • Recent Comments

  • Java Rotator

  • Admin