Morris & Co.

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Morris & Co. (1861–1940)

Morris & Co. (1861–1940)

MORRIS-EYTON, Charles Reginald (1890 - 1961), Deputy Lieut Co. of Stafford, 1927; landowner

YOUNG, Morris Yudlevitz (died 1950), Medical Adviser to Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. (late Chief MO)

HEDSTROM, (John) Maynard (1872 - 1951), JP; Chev. North Star (Sweden), 1939; Chm. of Directors Morris Hedstrom Ltd; Director Pacific Insurance Co. Ltd, Fiji Pastoral Co. Ltd

MARKS, Henry (1861 - 1938), JP Colony of Fiji; Chairman of Directors, Pacific Insurance Co. Ltd, and Sturt Ogilvie, Ltd; Director Morris Hedstrom, Ltd, Fiji Pastoral Co. Ltd; Danish Consul at Suva

OUTEN, Roland Thomas (1900 - 1957), Senior Partner, Ashurst Morris Crisp & Co., Solicitors, 17 Throgmorton Avenue, EC2

MORRIS, Michael Jeremy (born 1958), Director, Cultural Industry Ltd, since 1988; Co-Director, Artangel, since 1991

Morris, Michael (1903 - 1975), Squadron Leader, RAFVR (retired); Solicitor; Senior Partner in Blount Petre & Co.; Director, Bacal Construction Ltd

CRISP, Frank (1843 - 1919), senior partner in firm of Ashurst, Morris, Crisp & Co., solicitors, Throgmorton Avenue, London

LIDDELL, Robert Morris (1870 - 1928), DL; Managing Director, William Liddell & Co., Ltd, of Donacloney, Belfast, London, New York, etc

OPPENHEIM, Duncan (Morris) (1904 - 2003), Adviser to British-American Tobacco Co. Ltd, 1972–74 (Chairman 1953–66, President, 1966–72); Chairman, Tobacco Securities Trust Co. Ltd, 1969–74; Deputy Chairman, Commonwealth Development Finance Co., 1968–74

Michael Collins. Produced by Stephen Woolley, Redmond Morris (co-producer); written and directed by Neil Jordan. 1996; color; 138 minutes. Distributor: Warner Brothers/Geffen Pictures

MORRIS, (John) Marcus (Harston) (1915 - 1989), Editorial Director, 1960–64, Managing Director, 1964–82, Deputy Chairman, 1979–84, The National Magazine Co. Ltd

MORRIS, Keith (Douglas) (1908 - 1981), company director; Chairman: Besser (Qld) Ltd, since 1958; General Publishers Ltd, since 1973; Australian Burglar Alarm Co, since 1974; Deputy Chairman, United Packages, since 1970

Morris, Martin Henry Fitzpatrick (1867 - 1927), PC Ire. 1920; JP Co. Cavan; HM Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum, Co. Galway; Hon. LLD Royal University of Ireland; a Commissioner of National Education in Ireland; Governor, University College, Galway; a Director of the Bank of Ireland; Barrister, Lincoln’s Inn

NEWMAN-MORRIS, John (1879 - 1957), Receiver-General, Priory of St John in Australia; Cons. Surgeon, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne; National Council Australian Red Cross Society; Pres. Medical Board of Victoria; Member of Council of Australian Flying Doctor Service (1st President, 1936–38); of Council of the University of Melbourne; of Executive of the Lord Mayor’s Fund; President, Old People’s Welfare Council; Vice-Pres. Victorian Soc. for Crippled Children; President Medical Defence Assoc.; Chm. Brit. Med. Ince. Co.; Chm. Automobile Fire & Gen. Insce. Co.; Trustee Med. Soc. of Victoria; Council of British Medical Association (Chairman for 17 years); Vice-Pres., Royal Empire Society (Pres. Victorian Branch)

WILSON, Morris W. (1883 - 1946), President Royal Bank of Canada, Montreal, since 1934; Vice-President of Montreal Trust Company; Director of: British Columbia Power Corporation, Ltd, Canada Cement Company Ltd, Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Dominion Bridge Co. Ltd, Montreal Light, Heat & Power Consolidated, Ogilvie Flour Mills, Ltd, Shawinigan Water and Power Company, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada; ex-Chairman, British Supply Council in North America


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This important firm, closely associated with William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement, was established in Red Lion Square, London, in 1861, moving to larger premises in 1865. Originally founded as Morris, Marshall, Faulkner, & Co., its partners also included the Pre‐Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, painter‐designer Ford Madox Brown, architect‐designer Philip Webb, and artist‐designer Edward Burne‐Jones. The company was involved with the production of a wide range of ecclesiastical and domestic designs, including stained glass, mural decoration, metalwork, jewellery, and furniture, and was closely associated with the outlook of the Arts and Crafts. After winning two awards for designs for textiles, stained glass, and furniture shown in the Medieval Court at the London International Exhibition of 1862, the firm was busy with orders for Gothic Revival churches, as well as commissions for public and private interiors. The former included St Michael and All Angels in Brighton, the latter the Green Dining Room at the Victoria and Albert (then South Kensington) Museum (1866) and the Armoury Rooms at St James's Palace (1866–7). Later interior commissions included decorations at Alecco Ionides' house at 1, Holland Park, London (1881–8) and Standen Manor (mid‐1890s). Designs for wallpapers commenced from the mid‐1860s, including William Morris's Daisy and Trellis patterns, furniture, embroideries, stained glass, and tiles from 1862 (see also De Morgan, William), printed textiles from the late 1860s, woven textiles, linoleums, and carpets from the mid‐1870s and tapestries from 1881. Many of the firm's products looked to traditional precedents that embodied high levels of craftsmanship together with a respect for materials and honesty of construction. This was evidenced in the famous rush‐seated Sussex Settle introduced in the 1860s, drawing inspiration from rural Vernacular models. However, although many of the earlier products were made by the partners, close associates, or the company's workmen, a number of the company's designs were produced by Morris, who was a wealthy man and did much to ensure the financial viability of the firm, of which he took sole charge after it became Morris & Co. in 1875. A central London, Oxford Street showroom was opened in 1877, drawing the firm's products to the attention of a wider, more fashionable audience, an initiative that was echoed in Manchester in the following decade. The firm's designs were also seen abroad at overseas exhibitions and reviewed in architecture and design journals in Britain and overseas. However, after Morris's death in 1896 and the renaming of the firm as Morris & Co., Decorators Limited in 1905, the company's output looked increasingly to historical revivals, marking the beginning of a decline which eventually led to its closure in 1940.

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