William Gershom Collingwood (6 August 1854, in Liverpool – 1 October 1932) was an English author, artist, antiquary and professor of Fine Arts at University College, Reading. A long-term resident of Coniston, Cumbria, he was President of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian Society and the Lake Artists' Society.
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- The combination of shrewd common sense and romantic sentiment; the oscillation between levity and dignity, from caustic jest to tender earnestness ; the restlessness, the fervour, the impestuosity,-all these are characteristics of a Scotsman of parts and highly developed in Ruskin.
- The Life and Work of John Ruskin MA. Pub.Methuen and Co. Bury Street W.C.London. 1893. 2nd edition. Page 4 and 5.