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Curator Kirsty Hartsiotis will explore the early 20th-century arts and crafts circle in the Cotswolds.

Emery Walker was born and bred a Londoner, but he maintained close links with the countryside, ranging from the houses his wife, Mary Grace, would stay at for her health, his travels abroad, and, especially the Cotswolds. This was through his friendships with William Morris, Philip Webb, and with younger members of the Arts and Crafts movement, such as Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley, who had moved to Sapperton, near Cirencester in the 1890s.

In 1922 Walker took the lease on nearby Daneway House, once Gimson’s furniture showroom, and he and daughter Dorothy hosted a bevy of friends including playwright George Bernard Shaw, artist Stephen Bone, old friends May Morris and Detmar Blow, and the artistic crowd who had also moved to the area like William Rothenstein and Violet Gordon Woodhouse. This talk will explore these friendships and the artistic relationships in the Cotswolds in the early 20th century, drawing on the Emery Walker Library and the Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collection at The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham.

Kirsty Hartsiotis is curator of decorative and fine art at The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Cheltenham. Her remit includes the Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collection and the Emery Walker Library. She is also a freelance researcher, writer, speaker and storyteller.

This is a live talk on Zoom. Once you have booked your ticket, you will be sent the joining instructions.

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Emery Walker's House

The Emery Walker Trust, 7 Hammersmith Terrace, London, Greater London, W6 9TS

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