Henry George Murphy was born in Birchington, Kent in 1884, and by coincidence he grew up in a cottage which had belonged to Dante Gabriel Rossetti. At the age of ten Murphy met William Morris, who was impresed by the boy's artistic talents and encouraged him to pursue them. At fourteen Murphy entered the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London where he was apprenticed to Henry Wilson, an architect, metalworker, and prominent member of the Arts and Crafts movement. Upon completion of his studies, Murphy returned to the school, where he taught goldsmithing and enameling, and in 1936 was the first silversmith to become its principal.
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