Millicent Rose

I have been trying to find out more about Millicent Rose, an art historian who published one of the first and best histories of the east end, which describes its origins as a series of different villages and neighbourhoods before it was a home to successive waves of migrants and the classic home of slums and poverty.   The book was published by Cresset Press in 1951 and has never been reprinted.   It turns out that she was the daughter of a general in the Indian army, born in 1913, went to Newnham College, Cambridge and attended the Courtauld Institute in the mid-1930s.   A Marxist and mistress of Francis Klingender, a lecturer in sociology at the University of Hull, she apparently used to heckle Herbert Read when he gave talks at the ICA.

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