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Talwin Morris
(1865 – 1911)

Talwin Morris was from Winchester, the son of an auctioneer. He trained as an architect but developed an interest in interior design and furniture. In 1893 he moved to Glasgow to take up position as Art Director at Glasgow book publishers Blackie & Sons, responsible for graphics, both within text and bindings. In Glasgow he befriended many of the Glasgow designers and in particular The Four


Morris designed furniture, metalwork and jewellery but is probably best known for his book cover designs which were produced in large numbers and considered very avant garde at the time. Through his designs for books, he introduced the Glasgow Style into homes all over the country. 


In his work Morris adopted a range of motifs, often using the peacock, highly stylised plant forms, including roses, hearts, squares and strong vertical lines. His metalwork is often set with semi-precious stones. Morris died at 45 years in 1911 and is buried under a headstone designed by Mackintosh. His work featured in The Studio and in both the 1900 Vienna Secession and Turin 1902 exhibitions. 


Glasgow Museums has over 80 examples of his works, a collection gifted by his widow between 1939 and 1946. The collection includes works on paper, architectural and design drawings, metalwork, furniture, textiles, photographs, sketchbooks, a manuscript and a number of books bound with covers designed by Morris. The collection also includes objects he collected made by his friends Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Margaret and Frances Macdonald and James Herbert McNair. 

Examples of his work appear at auction fairly regularly, probably due to the high volume of books published which he had designed. His work often adopts the use of a hidden signature.

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