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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 58  1945  page 91

Obituaries: continued

George S. Elgood, R.I

ELGOOD was born in 1851 in Leicester, and educated at private schools there, and at Bloxham.
   After studying at the Leicester Art School under Mr. Wilmot Pilsbury, R.W.S., he went on to the College of Art, South Kensington, where he worked in the Architectural Department and spent much of his spare time studying the treasures of the Museum.
   Being recalled home on his father's death to take charge, for a time, of the family business, he resumed water-colour painting under Mr. Pilsbury, and when freed from business adopted painting as his profession.
   He was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-colours (R.I.) in 1882, and of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters a few years later (R.O.I.). He painted in Italy and France as well as in England, and eventually became best known as one of the pioneer painters of formal gardens, though he still painted a variety of other subjects. He spent several weeks at Pompeii, and painted also at Taormina, Girgenti (Agrigentum), and other ancient and mediaeval sites in Italy and Sicily.

   He published two books, Some English Gardens (in collaboration with Miss Gertrude Jekyll), and Italian Gardens, each illustrated by about fifty colour-reproductions from his pictures. Reproductions of many others have been used to illustrate books by Dean Hole, Alfred Austin, and Maeterlinck; and various books on gardens and gardening.
   In the course of his study of the Formal Garden he gathered a considerable library of books, old and new, on Gardens and Architecture, as well as Archæology and Heraldry, a number of which, according to his wishes have been given to the libraries of societies in which he was interested.
   In later years, when he did less painting, he developed a small formal garden at his home, Knockwood, an old timbered house near Tenterden. He also took a great interest in the work of the Kent and Leicestershire Archæological Societies, but always with a strong leaning to the artistic side of their work.


Andrew George Little, M.A., D.Litt., F.B.A., 1863-1945

   A QUICKENED interest in British Franciscan history has been one of the most interesting developments in contemporary English historical scholarship. With that movement the name of one man will always be closely 

connected and deeply honoured, for Andrew George Little dedicated the whole of his working life to St. Francis and his brethren. His name will live both in what he did himself and in what he inspired others to do.

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