Process engraver and typographer Sir Emery Walker was born in Paddington; the son of a coach builder. He established a printing and engraving firm with Walter Boutall in 1886. Walker lived close to William Morris in Hammersmith and the two joined Walter Crane in founding the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in 1888. Walker was elected to the committee of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, founded by Morris and Philip Webb, who influenced Walker in joining the Socialist movement. Morris and Walker established the Kelmscott Press in 1891. After Morris’s death, Walker and T. J. Cobden-Sanderson founded the Doves Press in 1900, although a disagreement between the two soon severed the partnership. Walker was knighted in 1930.
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