Benjamin Creswick: Ruskin’s Walkley Working Class Hero

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Monday 23 September 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
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Millennium Gallery
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Portrait of John Ruskin by Benjamin Creswick. Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield

Simon Ogden gives an insight into the background, life and work of Benjamin Creswick, a Walkley knife-grinder (1853 - 1946) whose artistic gifts were discovered by the curator of St George’s Museum in Walkley.

Ruskin hailed Creswick as a ‘youth of true genius, greatly surprising and delightful to me’ after Creswick modelled a bust portrait of him. Creswick became Ruskin's protégé, with Ruskin arranging for Creswick and his family to move close to Brantwood, Ruskin's Lake District home.

Later, Creswick went on to become an influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement, a much commissioned public sculptor and the first modelling master of the Birmingham School of Art. His descendants continued the practice. A timely talk to celebrate Creswick’s remarkable talents in the city of his birth.

Part of the Ruskin 200 programme to mark the 200th anniversary of John Ruskin’s birth

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When
Monday 23 September 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Price
Free
How to book
Just turn up
Where
Millennium Gallery
Theme
Talks and tours
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