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Henry Dearle

Compton fabric
H

enry Dearle, Morris' first weaving apprentice, became a talented designer in his own right and on William Morris' death in 1896 he took over Morris & Co. So close was he to Morris in style that many of his designs for wallpapers and fabrics have been mistaken for Morris' own.

However, it was in tapestry that he revealed his greatest talent and here his work is quite distinctive.

Greenery was designed for a house called Clouds. He designed Compton in 1896 for Compton Hall in Wolverhampton.

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