'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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Abstract

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: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2383

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