William Gershom Collingwood (1854–1932) was the son of two watercolour artists. As a boy he travelled with his father in the Alps. He also spent holidays on the shores of Lake Windermere, so hindsight would tell us that it is hardly surprising that when he went up to University College, Oxford (where he obtained a first in Greats) in 1872, he met, and had his life transformed by, John Ruskin. — Caroline Murray

He was later to serve as Ruskin‘s secretary and literary assistant. W.G., as he was always known, studied painting at the Slade and set up a studio in London. Painting was his principal source of income, supplemented by university extension lecturing and later by the Chair of Fine Art at University College, Reading. Collingswood's wife Edith was also an artist, a noted miniaturist. — "The Collingwood Family"


Writing on Ruskin

Other Works


Collingwood, W. G. Ruskin Relics. London: Isbister and Co., 1903.

The Collingwood Family. The Armitt Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Cumbria. Web. 6 July 2020.

W. G. Collingwood Archive Cardiff University. Web. 6 July 2020.

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