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Brer Rabbit (or Brother Rabbit)

A work made of madder vat dyed and block printed cotton.

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  • A work made of madder vat dyed and block printed cotton.

Date:

Design before 1881, made 1917–40

Artist:

Designed by William Morris (English, 1834–1896)
Produced by Morris & Co., London (English, 1875–1940)
Merton Abbey, London (English, 1881–1940)

About this artwork

Morris & Co. produced this two-color design using a simple, age-old technique: the white pattern of rabbits and birds nestled among acorns and oak leaves was block printed with a substance that would resist the dye. When the fabric was immersed in a dye bath (seen here in red), the background—all of the unprinted fabric—absorbed the color to reveal the pattern in white.

Block printing using either a color or a substance that resists color (or a combination of the two techniques) was the standard method for all of Morris & Co.’s cotton fabrics.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artists

William Morris (Designer) , Morris & Co. (Producer) , Merton Abbey Works (Printer)

Title

Brer Rabbit (or Brother Rabbit)

Places

Merton Abbey Works (Object made in), England (Object made in), London (Object made in), Great Britain (Object made in)

Dates

Copyrighted 1882 , Printed 1917-1940 , Designed 1881

Medium

Madder vat dyed and block printed cotton

Inscriptions

Selvedges: REGD MORRIS & COMPANY (wavy)

Dimensions

141 × 193 cm (55 1/2 × 76 in.) Repeat: 33.5 × 23 cm (13 1/4 × 9 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Crab Tree Farm Foundation

Reference Number

2018.838

Extended information about this artwork

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