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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 Arrows of the Chace  Letters from newspapers. Edited by Oxford pupil.1840/80  John Ruskin  John W.Lovell & Co. New York    Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP031
 Ruskin in Italy  Letters to his parents 1845 Edited H.Shapiro  John Ruskin  Clarendon Press  1972  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP032
 My Dearest Dora  Letters to Dora Livesy Family and Friends 1860-1900  John Ruskin  Olive Wilson  1984  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP033
 The Winnington Letters  Corresponence with M.A. Bell& Family Edited by Van Aiken Burd  John Ruskin  George Allen &Unwin Ltd.  1969  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP034
 Christmas Story  Venetian Letters 1876/77 Ed.by Van Aiken Burd  John Ruskin  Associated University Press USA  1990  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP035
 Correspondence with Joan Severn  Sense and Nonsense Letters Ed.by Rachel Dickinson  John Ruskin  Marney Publishing USA  2009  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP036
 Letters from the Continent  1858 Edited by John Hayman  John Ruskin  University of Toronto Press  1982  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP037
 Letters to Lord & Lady Mount Temple  Edited by J.L. Bradley  John Ruskin  Ohio University Press  1964  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP038
 The Ruskin Family Letters  Vols.1&2 Ed.Van Akin Burd Two Volumes  John Ruskin  Cornell University Press USA  1973  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP039
 John Ruskin Letters on Centenary of his Birth 1919  Ed. John Howard Whitehouse  John Ruskin  Oxford University Press  1919  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP040