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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   Vol.31 Bibliotheca Pastorum Xenophon's Economist -Rock Honeycomb - Elements of Prosody-A Knight's Faith        Collections & Selections, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP401
   Vol.33 The Bible of Amiens -Vallee Crunas- Art of England-The Pleasures of England      1908  Art, Art Criticism, Collections & Selections, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP402
   Vol.34 The Storm Cloud- On the Old Road- Arrows of the Chase - Ruskinania        Art, Art Criticism, Collections & Selections, Ruskinania, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP403
   Vol.35 Praeterita and Dilecta        Collections & Selections, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP404
   Vol.36 Letters of J.Ruskin 1827 -1869        Collections & Selections, Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP405
   Vol.37 Letters of J.Ruskin 1870-1879        Collections & Selections, Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP406
   Vol.39 General Index      1912   John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP407
 Dame Wiggins of Lee and her seven Wonderful Cats  Illustrations by Kate Greenaway  Ed.John Ruskin      Exhibition John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP408
 A Pen of Iron  Ruskin and Printmaking Exhibition at Lancaster Museum      2003  Art, Exhibition John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP409
 Of Ruskin's Gardens  Lecture  Robert Hewison  Guild of St.George  2009  Exhibition, Lecture John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP410