William de Morgan
Person Male Born 16/11/1839 Died 15/1/1917
Potter, tile designer and novelist. Born 69 Gower Street as William Frend de Morgan.
Lifelong friend of William Morris, he designed tiles, stained glass and furniture for Morris & Co. 1863 - 1872. Had a kiln in his studio at 40 Fitzroy Square but in 1872 he had to leave having burnt the roof off. He moved to 8 Great Cheyne Row (now Cheyne Row) where he built a pottery kiln in the garden. A London Inheritance says the site is that now occupied by the church Our Most Holy Redeemer and St. Thomas More.
In 1873, when he needed a bigger kiln he rented Orange House, almost next door, and it is was in the pottery there, for the next 30 years, that he produced the De Morgan work for which he is known.
He married Evelyn in 1887 and moved to 1 The Vale, King's Road, Chelsea. In 1888 he went into partnership with Halsey Ricardo. At this time his business was operating from Townmead Road, Fulham.
1907 he retired from potting and became a novelist. In 1910 he and his wife moved to their last home at 127 Church Street, Chelsea, and it was here he died, followed 5 days later by Evelyn.