Friends' Talk: The Kelmscott Manor Venus and William Morris's "House of Love"

  • 11 October 2016
  • 19:30
  • Doors open 7pm. £10 (£5 Friends). Booking essential. Organised by the Friends of William Morris Gallery. To book contact Roger Huddle: roger.huddle@ntlworld.com, 07973 443030.


Intriguing questions surround the origin, iconography, authorship and dating of the mysterious Venus painting preserved at Kelmscott Manor. Julia Dudkiewicz will share new research on the painting and what it reveals about Morris's concept for the decoration of his first marital home, Red House in Bexleyheath. 

The talk will explore the painted Venus in relation to its embroidered counterpart, recently acquired by the National Trust, and Morris’s ongoing preoccupation with the goddess of love. 

Julia Dudkiewicz is an art historian and curator specialising in Victorian art and design. Julia is currently completing a PhD exploring Kelmscott Manor at Central Saint Martins. Her curatorial appointments have included Principal Curator of Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London, Collections Manager of the Society of Antiquaries of London, Assistant Curator of Watts Gallery and Honorary Curator of Aldourie Castle.