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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 Verona and Other Lectures    John Ruskin  George Allen  1894  Lecture, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP111
 Val d'Arno  10 Lectures on The Tuscan Art  John Ruskin  George Allen  1890  Art, Lecture, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP112
 Aratra Pentelici  7 Lectures on elements of Sculpture 1870  John Ruskin  George Allen  1890  Lecture, Religion, Sculpture, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP113
 Letters to the Clergy  Edited by Rev.F.A.Malleson MA  John Ruskin  George Allen  1896  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP114
 On the Old Road  Vol 1. Essays and articles on Art and Literature  John Ruskin  George Allen  1899  Art, Literature John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP115
 On the Old Road  Vol . 2 Essays on Art and Literature  John Ruskin  George Allen  1899  Art, Literature John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP116
 The Eagle's Nest  10 Lectures on Natural Science and Art Oxford 1872  John Ruskin  George Allen  1891  Art John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP117
 Mornings in Florence  Studies of Christian Art for English Travellers  John Ruskin  George Allen  1903  Art John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP118
 Munera Pulveris  6 Essays on Elements of Political Economy  John Ruskin  George Allen  1899  Political Economy John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP119
 King of the Golden River    John Ruskin  Everitt & Co. London     John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP120