The John Ruskin Library, Bewdley

The Ruskin collection of books and related documents is housed in the Bewdley Museum, allowing public access, and ensuring the safety of these historic items. To borrow a book, please apply to the Bewdley Museum who will be able to arrange the loan.

Anthony Page

1928 - 2011

This collection of Ruskin's work was originally put together by Anthony Page over a period of years, and he very generously left it in the care of the Guild.

Anthony studied architecture at the Northern Polytechnic in Highgate. As an architect he worked at Sir Basil Spence, Bonnington & Collins where he was involved, among other works, with designing the British Embassy in Rome, and the new Town Hall for the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

On leaving Bonningtons in the mid 1980s he worked for Bickerdike Allen & Partners for 7 – 8 years, giving expert architectural advice on problematic issues relating to a variety of buildings, including the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Anthony’s interest in John Ruskin came from his lifelong love of Italy, his interest in art and design and his background in architecture. He loved to visit places associated with Ruskin and read Ruskin’s books widely, as well as amassing a large collection of his work including many first editions.

When he retired he wished to extend his interest in Ruskin into the practical field. He became a Companion of the Guild in 1994 and was elected a Director. Through his architectural interests he became the Director responsible for their properties at Westmill in Hertfordshire. He retired from this role around the age of eighty.

He also joined the Ruskin Society of which he became an active member. He helped with the arrangements for lecturers, and became a Vice-President of the Society.


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 The Poetry of Architecture  First Authorised Edition  John Ruskin  George Allen  1893  Architecture, First Edition, Language: English, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP001
 The Seven Lamps of Architecture    John Ruskin  George Allen  1880  Architecture, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP002
 Ruskinian Gothic    Eve Blau  Princeton University USA  1982  Architecture John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP003
 Ruskin's Venice  The Stones Revisited  Sarah Quill  Ashgate Publishing  2000  Architecture John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP004
 The Poetry of Architecture    John Ruskin  Waverly Book C.  1907  Architecture John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP005
 The Nature Of Gothic    John Ruskin  George Allen  1899  Architecture, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP006
 The Poetry of Architecture    John Ruskin  George Allen  1905  Architecture, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP007
 The Bible of Amiens  Our Fathers Have Told Us Ch. IV Guide to the Cathedral  John Ruskin      Architecture, Religion, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP008
 St. Mark's Restoration   History of Venice Oxford Lectures  John Ruskin  George Allen  1902  Architecture, Lecture, Political Economy, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP009
 St. Mark's Restoration  Oxford Lectures  John Ruskin  J.W.Lovell    Architecture, Lecture, Political Economy, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP010