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Owl and Moon

William De Morgan Merton Abby Owl and Moon, 1880

William De Morgan Merton Abby owl tiles

This is, I think, the first influence of Victorian spiritualism seen in De Morgan's tiles. The Owl and Moon panel was done while he was at Merton Abbey, a few years before he met and married Evelyn Pickering. William's mother, a spiritualist and social reformer, was Evelyn mentor. Evelyn became very interested in spiritualism and the paranormal, and it is often assumed that it was her influence that led him into spiritualism.

However, William's parents had themselves written From Matter to Spirit: The Results of Ten Years Experience in Spirit Manifestation in 1863. De Morgan was born in 1839, meaning the spirit manifestations, as it were, largely colored his teen years at the very least. Evelyn and William did explore automatic writing on their own and coauthored a book on their experiences in The Results of an Experiment.

William De Morgan Merton Abby owl and moon, black background

Pricing and Specifications

Ceramic Tiles

18 x 12 (six 6 x 6 tiles): $485

12.75 x 8.5 (six 4.25 x 4.25 tiles): $425

Available colors: Black or Cobalt background

Availability: Can usually be shipped in about three weeks.

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