The firm of Morris & Company, decorators, pp. -32
WILLIAM MORRIS 31 For the next five years, Morris R lved and labored in London; devtn thV iesvdb I combining his workshops and residence to technical Sexperiments and to new literary studies. During this period, the business affairs of Morris & Company were directed by a Mr. Taylor, a man of artistic taste and financial ability, under whom the Firm became organized :;and prosperous. These years were also marked by the 'i receipt of the first really important commission in non- i ecclesiastical decorative work: the mural decoration of the Green Dining Room at the South Kensington Museum, which to-day remains intact, and which, ii athough of heavy first cost, is now regarded by the Museum authorities as the most economical outlay ever >mae upon the buildings. The work, from its singular meiproved to be of great value 'in making knowni the name of the Firm and the specific character of its produc- tions. As is usual, success engendered success, and the business extended so rapidly as even to cause anxiety mong the members of the Company. As we have seen, ! the catal, invention and control were supplied practically b by Morris, who, nevertheless, under the original instru- i4( ment of the partnership, could not claim greater rights in the management of the assets of the Firm than any of his qv),,fve or six associates. On the other hand, the members whose connection with the Firm was slight, might, at ny. moment, find themselves seriously involved in the lties Of the business, which had been established Sproto the passage of the Limited Company Act. The |__pois, after the first year or two, and for several reasons, bd never been divided. But these legal claims now Sreresented sums which involved intricate calculations, ::aid which, if settled, would drain the resources of the ?business, that is to say: the private fortune of 'William Q Morris. ~ The question of dissolution ; having been discussed, three of the partners: Burne- P'
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