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After RuskinThe Social and Political Legacies of a Victorian Prophet, 1870–1920$
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Stuart Eagles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602414

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602414.001.0001

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Ruskin's ‘true disciple’?: John Howard Whitehouse (1873–1955) and Ruskin's Legacy

Ruskin's ‘true disciple’?: John Howard Whitehouse (1873–1955) and Ruskin's Legacy

(p.232) 6 Ruskin's ‘true disciple’?: John Howard Whitehouse (1873–1955) and Ruskin's Legacy
After Ruskin

Stuart Eagles

Oxford University Press

Ruskin's foremost disciple, John Howard Whitehouse, a Guild companion, Ruskin society and university settlements secretary, and a parliamentarian, was a part of many of the institutions where Ruskin's ideas flourished. Yet, after the celebrations of the centenary of Ruskin's birth which he organised in 1919, his discipleship gradually tipped over into a devoted adulation. Nevertheless, his innovative school for boys at Bembridge incorporated a Ruskinian curriculum and housed a Ruskin Gallery to display his ever-enlarging collection of Ruskiniana. He bought Brantwood and opened it to the public. He founded a new national Ruskin Society. Ruskin's influence had helped shape Whitehouse's early career, and in turn Whitehouse helped to shape Ruskin's legacy.

Keywords:   Ruskin, John Howard Whitehouse, Toynbee Hall, Bembridge School, Liberal Party, Mid-Lanark, Parliament, Brmingham, Brantwood, Ruskin society

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