William Burges 
(1827 –  1881)

William BurgesWilliam Burges was an English architect and designer.

Among the greatest of the Victorian art-architects, he sought in his work to escape from both nineteenth-century industrialisation and the Neoclassical architectural style and re-establish the architectural and social values of a utopian medieval England.

Burges stands within the tradition of the Gothic Revival, his works echoing those of the Pre-Raphaelites and heralding those of the Arts and Crafts movement.

  • describing painted furniture: ..."the paintings be kept flat, without landscape-backgrounds; and secondly that they judiciously alternate with ornament"
  • regarding Marshall, Morris and Co Furniture: "I can only say that I hope to see a very great deal of this furniture executed, for it speaks and gives us ideas- but then some people dislike nothing as much as ideas, and upon the whole, would rather not think at all
  • "The fact is that we like to spend our money on ourselves; and this combined with the laws of leasehold, is sufficient to account for the very little good woodwork in our churches, and the miserable appearance of the interior of our houses"
  • ...."given all these various ways of decorating our furniture, how is it that the interiors of our rooms are so very uninteresting? We arrive at the old answer, no distinctive architecture, and no colour in our daily life"
  • "Of all the horrible inventions of modern times, perhaps that of covering the walls with an immense sea of diaper, printed on paper, is the very worst.