The Forgotten Falcon

Henry—known as Harry—George Murphy was born in Kent, England, in 1884, and from a young age he showed an interest in and a talent for the creative arts. In their book Arts & Crafts to Art Deco: The Jewellery and Silver of H.G. Murphy (Antique Collector's Club, 2005), authors Paul Atterbury and John Benjamin relate a crucial moment in young Harry's life: One day, at the age of 10, Murphy wandered past an exhibition being installed by the Arts & Crafts Society of London. He peeked in and was invited inside by Henry Wilson, the great British jeweler and goldsmith. Murphy was intrigued by the work in the exhibit, so Wilson introduced him to two other men present in the room: Walter Crane, the artist and illustrator, and William Morris, the renowned writer, designer, and founder of the arts-and-crafts movement. "It is said that Murphy's conversation with Morris changed the course
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