'Treasuring things of the least': Mary Hope Greg, John Ruskin & Westmill, Hertfordshire

Mitchell, L (2017) 'Treasuring things of the least': Mary Hope Greg, John Ruskin & Westmill, Hertfordshire. Guild of St George Publications, York. ISBN 978-0-9955915-1-6

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Mary Hope Greg (1850-1949) was a lifelong follower of John Ruskin, and a Companion of Ruskin's Guild of St George. She was a passionate supporter of museums during the early 20th century, giving collections of domestic crafts and children’s toys to Manchester City Art Galleries and London’s Bethnal Green Museum. She established her own museum in the Hertfordshire village of Westmill as a memorial to her late husband, fellow collector and local landowner Thomas Tylston Greg. She later set up the T&M Greg Trust to preserve land and property in the village for future generations. She was also a keen amateur naturalist and watercolour painter, recording the changing seasons of the Hertfordshire countryside in her nature diaries, now in the collections of the Guild. She did most of this between the ages of 70 and 99. Until recently, however, little was really known about her life. In this talk, Liz Mitchell shares the latest findings of her PhD research. She provides fascinating insights into the development of Mrs Greg's dedication to Ruskin from her early life in Liverpool as a member of a family of wealthy philanthropists, through to the diverse achievements of her old age.

Item Type: Book
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Fine and Applied Art (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Liz Mitchell
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 15:53
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 15:53
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2383

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