Richard Mathews with John Cherry, of the Emery Walker Trust, who introduced him.
University of Tampa Press Director Richard Mathews delivered the annual Peter Preston Memorial Lecture at Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, London, last month. His talk, entitled “Emery Walker: An Eye for Detail” explored the contributions Walker made to fine press publishing and fine art history through his use of the camera and through his personal attention to detail.
Emery Walker is recognized as both a practical and inspirational influence on William Morris’s Kelmscott Press. After Morris’s death, Walker continued to share and extend his creative influence on fine printing well into the twentieth century. He was a pioneering photoengraver, photographer, printer, businessman, and publisher and famously established the Doves Press, in partnership with T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, while continuing to produce the country’s best photogravure and photographic process work, as well as specialized map production and fine printing through his own firm, Emery Walker Ltd.
Mathews based his talk in part on one of our recent publications—Sir Emery Walker: A Memoir by R. C. H. Briggs. Copies of the book were available at the lecture and can be purchased online at this link.
Richard Mathews and Helen Elletson, Curator, in the print shop at Kelmscott House.
They are standing in front of one of the Albion iron hand presses used at the Kelmscott Press.