Greg Wise visits Lancaster University

Greg Wise pores through the work of John Ruskin while on a visit to Lancaster University.
Greg Wise pores through the work of John Ruskin while on a visit to Lancaster University.

TV and film actor Greg Wise visited Lancaster University in preparation for his next role.

Wise, star of Sense and Sensibility and Mad Cows, plays the Victorian art critic and writer John Ruskin in a film scripted by his wife, Emma Thompson.

The feature film Effie centres on Ruskin’s ill-fated marriage to Effie Gray, who will be played by the Hollywood actress Dakota Fanning.

After the loveless marriage, Effie fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

Greg Wise (right) looked through Ruskin’s drawings and papers from the Whitehouse Collection housed in the Ruskin Library, which is the largest single collection of material about one of the Victorian era’s most influential thinkers.

He said: “It is very kind to let a scruffy actor touch these things but it has helped immensely. Seeing Ruskin’s own work has enabled me to see what he did, the style and phrasing and drawing. I feel I understand him better now.”

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