Friends' Talk: Horace Warner’s Spitalfields Nippers

  • 19 January 2017
  • 19:30
  • Doors open 7pm. £10 (£5 Friends). Booking recommended. Organised by the Friends of William Morris Gallery. To book contact Roger Huddle by emailing roger.huddle@ntlworld.com or calling 07973 443030.


The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life blog shares recently discovered photographs by Horace Warner, depicting some of London’s poorest inhabitants at the turn of the 20th century. 

Horace was the son of Metford Warner, of Jeffrey and Co, who printed Morris & Co’s wallpapers. From 1900, around the time these photographs were taken, Horace started to design for the firm and in his spare time took a series of portraits of some of the poorest people in London, creating relaxed, intimate images that gave dignity to his subjects and producing great photography that is without comparison in his era. Only seen by members of Warner’s family for more than a century, almost all of these breathtaking photographs are now seen publicly for the first time. This unique collection of pictures revolutionises our view of Londoners at the end of the nineteenth century.

A joint meeting with Waltham Forest Radical History Workshop