Exhibition: Emery Walker and the Private Press Movement

This exhibition runs from Thu, 12th Aug 2021 to Sat, 28th May 2022. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

26th May 2022  
(11am - 4pm)
28th May 2022  
(11am - 4pm)  <– Last Day!

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: £15

Emery Walker’s House's first exhibition, displaying examples of the most beautiful private press books ever published, illustrating Walker’s revolutionary book printing techniques and legacy in his former home in Hammersmith.

The new exhibition space in the small drawing room of the most authentic Arts & Crafts home in Britain charts Walker’s career as a typographer and printer at a time when huge advances were being introduced in the production of books to keep up with demand from an increasingly literate Victorian society.

Walker was one of the first printers to create plates from photographs, rather than using the laborious hand carved processes which dated back to the 15th century. He founded his own company in Fleet Street in 1886, specialising in cutting-edge techniques for reproducing works of art and photographs as book illustrations. He also gave a ground-breaking lecture on typography, and invaluable advice on book production to key members of the Arts & Crafts movement, both here and abroad, putting him at the heart of 20th century’s developments in typography and printing.

Highlights include double page spreads from the Kelmscott Chaucer and Doves Bible – the two masterpieces of those presses. Another high point is The Odyssey, translated by T. E. Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’), a close friend of the Walker family, now regarded as one of the most beautiful private press books of the 20th century. This was Walker’s final achievement, printed just a year before his death.

Other exhibits, some of which have never before been on public display, give a fascinating insight on the various stages of book production and its development.

Visitors will see proof pages, and an uncut Kelmscott Press printing block, demonstrating the fruitful collaboration between Walker and his great friend William Morris. A recent donation from a local mudlark of the missing Doves Press type, now resurrected from its watery grave in the Thames, will be displayed for the first time.

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Emery Walker's House,

7 Hammersmith Terrace,
W6 9TS

Map of Emery Walker's House