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Pre-Raphaelite painting by William Morris uncovered at Bexleyheath's Red House

PUBLISHED: 14:25 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:29 19 August 2013

Layers of wallpaper and overpaint were painstakingly removed to reveal these images below.

Layers of wallpaper and overpaint were painstakingly removed to reveal these images below.

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A Pre-Raphaelite painting covering an entire wall has been uncovered at Red House, in Bexleyheath, where artist William Morris once lived.

William Morris lived at Red House until 1865, with his wall decorations lost over generations until the National Trust restored them.William Morris lived at Red House until 1865, with his wall decorations lost over generations until the National Trust restored them.

The artwork was found hidden behind a fitted wardrobe and covered with wallpaper at the National Trust site, in Red House Lane, but has now been fully uncovered.

Experts believe the six feet by eight feet painting could be the work of Morris and friends, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal and Ford Madox Brown.

The painting is designed to look like a hanging tapestry and shows biblical figures such as Adam and Eve, Rachel and Jacob, and Noah.

President of the William Morris Society, Jan Marsh, said: “The concept of the overall design was almost certainly by Morris.

The wall painting shows biblical figures as painting by Morris and friends.The wall painting shows biblical figures as painting by Morris and friends.

“Our initial thoughts are that the figure of Jacob was by Morris, Rachel possibly by Elizabeth Siddal, Noah by Madox Brown. But who painted Adam and Eve? Maybe Rossetti or Burne-Jones?”

The friends all helped Morris decorate walls, ceilings and items of furniture at the house with art inspired by a love of the medieval past.

Morris left the house in 1865 and it remained in private ownership until 2003, when the Trust acquired it.

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