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
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.
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.