William Morris and David Gentleman

Posted in design, politics by thenextwavefutures on 20 December, 2015

Charing Cross mural, by David Gentleman. Image:

The distinguished artist and illustrator David Gentleman gave this year’s Kelmscott’s Lecture last month, and he used the occasion to look back at his own career for points of contact with William Morris. I thought I knew his work quite well (when I was a television producer I worked briefly with him on a short film based on his book A Special Relationship) but the range of the work he shared during the lecture was, frankly, stunning. Everything from a huge number of stamps to the Penguin New Shakespeare covers to Charing Cross Station to political posters to his more conventional illustrated books.

Listening to his talk, I think I discerned three themes that Morris would have recognised.