Awakening for Emery Walker’s House
The best-preserved Arts and Crafts home in Britain has reopened after an 18-month closure for vital restoration work. Emery Walker’s House at 7 Hammersmith Terrace, London, was the home of one of the key members of the Arts and Crafts Movement, a close friend of William Morris and father of the Private Press Movement.
The contents of Sir Emery Walker’s riverside home — around 6,000 items — were removed for cataloguing and conservation. This allowed vital repair work to be carried out, creating a safer environment for the remarkable collection.
This has now been returned to the atmospheric time capsule, which is packed with Arts and Crafts treasures, including one of the largest in situ collections of Morris & Co. wallpapers in the world, and outstanding textiles and embroideries. Amongst Walker’s many possessions are items which were created especially for, or given to him by his close friends and colleagues; leading artists of their day.
These include Morris’s 17th-century library chair, Philip Webb furniture and glass, ceramics by William de Morgan and a Burne-jones portrait of May Morris.
Extended opening hours mean visitors can step back in time on Thursdays and Saturdays when there will be three tours a day. These must be pre-booked online, as the size and fragile interiors of this Georgian, terraced house mean only eight visitors can enter at a time. Visitors are accompanied by an expert guide and steward, making it a unique and intimate experience, with a new exhibition space offering the chance to get close to, and even handle, some of the objects in the collection. The house has extended its tour season until 25th November and has launched a new website. For further information go to: www. emerywalker.org.uk .
Visitors on a guided tour of the reopened Emery Walker’s House, an Arts and Crafts gem in London.