Morris's weathervane, Red House

Morris's weathervane

Philip Speakmann Webb


Red brick and tiling

Morris's Red House

Bexleyheath, Greater London

Such was the attention to detail throughout that Morris had a specially designed weathervane sporting his initials, the date 1859, and a horse's head design. This motif would perhaps have been in reference to the medieval ideals of chivalry, or to Red House's position on the route to Canterbury. Its jaunty proclamation of ownership and idealism seems poignant now, reminding us of Rossetti's description of Red House as "more a poem than a house" (qtd. in Red House 7).