Posts Tagged ‘William Morris’

William Morris: Crusader For Craftsmanship

About 85 years ago an Englishman named William Morris began to protest what he considered to be the dehumanizing effects of the 19th century automation of the printer’s craft on the esthetic sensibilities of individuals. Fortunately, printing happened to be one of the many crafts for which Morris had an affinity so things have never [...]

November 15

“Let’s make a new fount of type.” With that statement was born on November 15, 1888 that unique creation known as the Kelmscott Press. The speaker was William Morris, craftsman in design, poet, painter, essayist, who was walking home with his friend Emery Walker following the latter’s address before the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society. [...]

August 27

From Kelmscot House in Hammersmith on this day in 1894 William Morris wrote to his intimate friend, the architect Philip Webb, about the books being produced by his famous Kelmscot Press, at the same time getting in his usual little dig at Americans: “My dear Fellow “A traveller once entered a western hotel in America [...]

August 13

William Morris, in a letter written on this day in 1884, mentions a Socialist meeting during which he held the chair. Quite possibly this was the meeting at which he met Emery Walker, as his daughter May Morris later wrote that the two men had met first at a Socialist meeting during 1884. The first [...]

July 30

In 1894 a letter bearing this date was written by an English gentlemen named William Morris, using as his address, Kelmscott House: My Dear Cockerell I have to be at court tomorrow before 10 in order to be the first witness examined, so I shall probably miss you, and I shall probably not be back [...]

March 24

“I was born at Walthamstow in Essex in March 1834, a suburban village on the edge of Epping Forest, and once a pleasant place enough, but now terribly cocknified and choked up by the jerry-builder.” So wrote William Morris in 1834 referring to his birth upon this day. Born to enjoy a reasonable affluence, Morris [...]

March 13

On this day in 1895 a young man named Charles Harry St. John Hornby sat down to tea with William Morris, following an inspection of the Kelmscott Press at Hammersmith. The Press was then engaged in the printing of the great folio Chaucer. Just one year previously Hornby had started a small private press, as [...]

February 25

In a letter to the editor of the Press News on this date in 1893, William Morris proprietor of the Kelmscott Press, substantiated what he had said to a representative of the London Daily Chronicle when pressed for his views upon printing and the current state of the art in England and across the Atlantic [...]