World renowned De Morgan collection arrives at Cannon Hall

Arriving at Cannon Hall this Easter is a hand-picked selection of artworks from the De Morgan Collection. It is an unparalleled collection of work by the late 19th and early 20th century ceramicist William De Morgan and his artist wife Evelyn Pickering De Morgan. 

Many of the works have never before been on public display and include grand, sweeping canvases such as Evelyn De Morgan’s Boreas and Oreithyia, delicate drawings, curious decorative arts such as a head of Medusa with a gilded background of snakes and of course William De Morgan’s highly recognisable, brightly coloured and detailed ceramics. The must- see pieces will take up long term residency in the upper rooms of the hall.  

The collection will be a perfect addition to the hall and be the only place in the North of England where De Morgan pieces can be viewed in all their glory on a lasting basis.  This long-term partnership with Cannon Hall forms part of the De Morgan Foundation’s commitment to providing wider public access to the collection. Cannon Hall will also become a key member of the network of De Morgan Collection exhibitions and loans in the UK and around the world.

As well as enjoying beautiful works of art, visitors can also explore the strong links between Cannon Hall’s most famous residents, the Spencer-Stanhopes and the De Morgans.  

William De Morgan was the foremost ceramic artist of the Arts and Crafts Movement.  His father was the famous mathematician Augustus De Morgan.  Evelyn Pickering De Morgan came from a prosperous upper-middle class professional family; her mother, Anna Maria, was the daughter of John and Lady Elizabeth Spencer-Stanhope, a descendant of the Earl of Leicester.   Her uncle was John Roddam Spencer-Stanhope.  

Cannon Hall and the De Morgan Foundation will build on this residency over the coming months with the Sublime Symmetry touring exhibition, which comes to Cannon Hall in the summer.  The exhibition will present over 80 magnificent works by William De Morgan, including ceramics from the De Morgan Collection and his designs on paper on loan from the V&A. 

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet spokesperson for Place, said: “The stunning surroundings of Cannon Hall is the perfect backdrop for the De Morgan collection.  The pieces will bring to life the fascinating connection between the Spencer Stanhopes and the De Morgans, making a visit to the Hall even more special.”

Jean McMeakin, Chair of the De Morgan Foundation Trustee Board, said:  “The De Morgan Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with Cannon Hall to share with visitors works from the De Morgan Collection.  Cannon Hall was a family home which the De Morgans spent many happy days visiting and having a specially chosen selection of artworks from the De Morgan Collection on long-term display for everyone to enjoy and explore at Cannon Hall feels like coming home. The partnership with Cannon Hall forms part of the De Morgan Foundation’s strategy to provide National access to its collections and we look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with Barnsley.