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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 Reflexions of a Friendship  Letters to Pauline Trevelyn 1848/1866 Ed.by Virginia Surtees  John Ruskin  George Allen &Unwin Ltd.  1979  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP041
 Letters to a College Friend 1840/45    John Ruskin  George Allen  1894  Letters, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP042
 Modern Painters Vol 1 Parts 1 &2    John Ruskin  George Allen  1888  Art Criticism, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP043
 Modern Painters Vol 2 Part 3          Art Criticism, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP044
 Modern Painters Vol 3 Part 4          Art Criticism, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP045
 Modern Painters Vol 4 Part 5          Art Criticism, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP046
 Modern Painters Vol 5 Parts 6 7 8 9          Art Criticism, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP047
 Modern Painters Index Bibliography and Notes          Art Criticism, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP048
 Modern Painters  Edited and Abridged by David Barrie  John Ruskin  Pilkington Press  1987  Art Criticism, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP049
 Notes on Pictures by Holman Hunt  Exhibition at Fine Art Society  John Ruskin  William Reeves London  1886  Art Criticism, Works John Ruskin Library Bewdley Accession No: AP050