Photograph of William Morris by Emery Walker, 1889
Sepia quarter-length portrait photograph of William Morris aged 55, facing slightly to the right, taken by Emery Walker. Photographer and typographer Emery Walker lived at Hammersmith Terrace, just five minutes’ walk from Kelmscott House. He became a close friend of William Morris, the pair having met in the 1880s through the Socialist movement. Morris was to say that he ‘did not think the day complete without a sight’ of Walker. It was an illustrated lecture given by Walker which gave Morris the idea for the Kelmscott Press. See 'May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer' by Anna Mason et al (London: Thames & Hudson, V&A, William Morris Gallery 2017) and 'Principles of Decorative Design' by Christopher Dresser (London: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. 1873).