William Morris (1834-1896) was one of the leading figures in the English Arts and Crafts Movement of the mid-to-late 19th century. A prolific writer and translator, Morris was also an early advocate of socialism, founding the Socialist League in 1884. But Morris's greatest legacy came with his innovative creation of textiles and graphic design. Morris was a self-taught embroiderer, and his company soon produced a wide variety of textiles, including wallpaper and tapestries. Morris personally worked on many of the products, learning old and new dyeing processes. Morris's last great contribution to the Arts and Crafts Movement was through his printing company. Morris developed several typefaces and provided original art work for borders and initials. Morris's Kelmscott Press became the greatest of
... the private presses of the Arts and Crafts movement, and the main inspiration for what became known as the "Private Press Movement".