E. Clive Rouse
Edward Clive Rouse MBE (born Stroud, Gloucestershire, 15 October 1901, died Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, 28 July 1997) was an English archaeologist and writer on archaeology, specializing in mediaeval wall paintings, and was President of the Royal Archaeological Institute from 1969 to 1972. He was known as Clive Rouse and was always credited as E. Clive Rouse.
Background and early life
The son of Edward Foxwell Rouse (a furniture-maker in Acton, west London) and his wife Frances Sarah Sams (whose family had been dairymen to Buckingham Palace), Rouse was educated at St. Ronan's School, Worthing, then Gresham's School, Holt, and the St Martin's School of Art.
After training as an artist, Rouse developed a passion for mediaeval wall paintings and worked with E. W. Tristram, Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, on their recording and conservation. With assistants, he spent years removing or reducing wax coatings which had mistakenly been added to paintings and reconserving them using authentic materials, particularly slaked lime.
He was also a lecturer and worked to educate clergy and church architects in the care of wall paintings.
He never married and never learnt to drive, preferring to ride a bicycle.
- Guide to Buckinghamshire (1935)
- The Old Towns of England (1936)
- Collins Guide to English Parish Churches (1958)
- Discovering Wall Paintings (1968)
- Mediaeval Wall Paintings (1991, reprinted 1996)
Honours and other positions
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, 1937
- Member of the Order of the British Empire, 1946
- FRSA 1968
- Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, 1962
- Vice-President, Royal Archaeological Institute, 1965-1969
- President, Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society, 1969-1979
- President, Royal Archaeological Institute, 1969-1972
- Honorary DLitt, University of Sussex, 1983
- Who's Who 1993 (A. & C. Black, London, 1993)
- Obituary by Jane Rutherfoord in The Independent, 6 August 1997
- Edward Clive Rouse, M.B.E., M.A., D.Litt. - obituary at web site of Society of Antiquaries of London