The Tell-Tile Hearth

As we all know, Rev. C. L. Dodgson’s fireplace in his rooms at Oxford was surrounded by beautiful brick-red decorative tiles created by William De Morgan. A sailing ship was depicted at the top, with both mythical and natural creatures encircling it. (Seen here in Linda Gray-Moin’s re-creation, KL 100:4. A detailed article on the subject will be in the forthcoming Knight Letter #102.)

The frabjous news is that you can now get perfect reproductions of these tiles from William Morris Tile! You can buy them in several sizes, or one or two of the multi-image ones specially designed and priced for the LCSNA! (Look on the lower right of the page under “Limited Edition Collector Tiles.”)