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The Collection of paintings was to provide an essential element for the fulfilment of Holloway's ideal of a first-rate educational establishment. The importance he placed on the Collection illustrates a typically Victorian belief in art as the ultimate civilizing influence. Like literature, art could teach; not only in the obvious sense of portraying a moral lesson, or illustrating an edifying text; but, in its own unique and inimitable way, through the medium of visual beauty. A picture collection of the first quality would add the ultimate refinement to a programme of education for young ladies.

Heritage - Founders Architecture

W H Crossland: An Architectural Biography (11 minutes)

The architect of the Founder's Building, William Henry Crossland, is little known despite a substantial catalogue of buildings, most of which remain standing today. Bringing Crossland out of the shadows, Sheila Binns, Royal Holloway alumna and biographer, explores this elusive figure on a tour of the Founder's Building