|La Ghirlandata (1871-74) D G Rossetti (May posed for the angel)|
|Jane and May Morris (c.1864)|
|May Morris (1870s) Robert Faulkner & Co|
|May Morris (1872) D G Rossetti|
|May Morris D G Rossetti|
|May and Jenny Morris (1860s) George Howard|
|The Burne-Jones and Morris children (1874)|
|May Morris (late 1870s) Unknown Photographer|
|Maids of Honour (1900) May Morris|
|Hello Ladies, it's George Bernard Phoar!|
|May is on the right, full length, with the violin|
In an act of defiance, May took up with Henry Halliday Sparling, an impoverished member of the Socialist League. Both her parents were against it, as Lily Yeats, an employee (and member of the poetic Yeats family) recorded in her Scrapbooks. As she saw him, Sparling was 'the queerest looking young man, very tall, thin, stooped...no chin and very large spectacles.' In a flurry of doom-professising and opposition, May and Henry married in 1890.
|May Morris, Henry Halliday Sparling, Emery Walker and GBS|
|May Morris, 1897|
|Honeysuckle II (1883) May Morris|
May and her mother and sister continued to live at Kelmscott Manor, her sister's condition not getting very much worse but no better, and as her mother aged it must have seemed to May that she was a little trapped by the invalids in her life. It is hardly surprising that when May went on a lecture tour of the United States, she had an affair with the lawyer and art collector, John Quinn....
|John Quinn (1913). Get a look at his horse....|
|May, before 1921|
|May and Miss Lobb|
|May Morris, 1924, Iceland|
May and Miss Lobb lived together happily for the rest of May's life. Miss Lobb was something of a figure of fun, comedic in appearance and bluff in manner. I am reminded somewhat of William Morris, rounded and jolly, and maybe that is what struck May too. As to whether or not May and Miss Lobb were lovers, who cares? At least she got to be happy.
|The intimacy of this picture of May reading in bed |
may have caused speculation over the women's relationship
|May Morris (1886) Frederick Hollyer|
Maybe one day William will be know as May Morris' Dad....