No 7 Hammersmith Terrace, London W6 was the home of Emery Walker, William Morris’ friend, neighbour and fellow socialist, and typographic and production consultant for Morris’ Kelmscott Press. After Morris’ death in 1896, Walker teamed up with Thomas Cobden-Sanderson to found the Doves Press in 1900, and later worked with Bruce Rogers and T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia and T.E. Shaw, to produce the celebrated 1932 edition of
the latter’s translation of The Odyssey
of Homer. Walker was an expert in graphic reproduction. Despite having to end his formal education at about the age of 12 in order to help support his family, he became a determined self-educator, and was later knighted, a remarkable example of Victorian and Edwardian social mobility. The house, later lived in by Walker’s daughter Dorothy, has much of his original Arts and Crafts décor and furniture preserved. It is subsequently undergoing renovation. I am working with the Emery Walker Trust as a consultant to help re-present Walker to the public when the house reopens in 2017. My first task was to design a logo for the house.