20.03.2014

W.G. Collingwood's Letters from Iceland

The non-profit charity the R. G. Collingwood Society recently published the book W. G. Collingwood's Letters from Iceland - Travels in Iceland 1897 by W.G. Collingwood and Jón Stefánsson.

William Gershom Collingwood (1854-1932) was an artist, author, antiquarian and a notable scholar of Norse history, litarature and language. For 12 weeks in 1897, he sailed to Iceland and travelled by pony round the saga-sites of Iceland with his friend Jón Stefánsson, an Icelandic scholar. He wrote long, detailed and entertaining letters home to his wife and children in Coniston about his adventures and experiences while making some 300 sketches and watercolours. Collingwood also excavated some of the saga-sites and took photographs with his new portable camera using early roll film.

The book brings together Collingwood's letters, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, photographs and maps of 19th century Iceland. Most of this material is now in the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal or with the R.G. Collingwood Society in Cardiff University. The book contains two introductions by two of his granddaughters, plus additional notes, articles, ullustrations and poems.

Collingwood was John Ruskin's secretary and biographer, and early member and president of the Viking Club (now the Viking Society for Northern Research), editor and later president of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society and he founded the Lake Artists Society.

For further information, please contact:
R.G. Collingwood Society
Tel. 029 2087 4885
E-mail: collingwoodsociety@cardiff.ac.uk
or visit  www.bookscumbria.com.

 



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