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By C.T. McIntire

Herbert Butterfield (1900-1979) used to be a massive British historian and spiritual philosopher whose rules, specifically his idea of a "Whig interpretation of history", stay deeply influential. during this highbrow biography - the 1st complete examine of Butterfield - C.T. McIntire makes a speciality of the artistic methods that lay at the back of Butterfield's highbrow accomplishments. Drawing on his investigations into Butterfield's massive and numerous output of released and unpublished paintings, McIntire explores Butterfield's principles and techniques. He describes Butterfield's lifelong devotion to his Methodist religion and exhibits how his Christian spirituality lively his old paintings. He additionally strains the topic of dissent that ran via Butterfield's existence and paintings, offering a guy who came across himself at odds with winning convictions approximately heritage, morality, politics, faith, and educating, a guy who increased the proposal of dissent into an ethic of dwelling in rigidity with any verified process.

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The owner of Merrall’s Mill, a bigger and still expanding woolen mill, absorbed many of Parker’s workers, including Herbert’s father. The new owner put him in charge of a larger staff and set him up in a bigger office. The position meant more money and higher local status. To match the move, his father took a bigger house, a finer looking, but still modest, Victorian brick terraced dwelling at 60 Rosebank Terrace, later known as 60 Station Road. Herbert’s second opening to the world beyond was provided by his schools and academic scholarships.

Herbert drew a clear line of demarcation between his world in Keighley and his world in Oxenhope, where the life of the Butterfields revolved around Methodist religion. They belonged to the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel which occupied a large, attractive, and prominent building that had opened on West Drive in 1891. With a membership of about two hundred, theirs was the largest of Methodist chapels in the circuit at the time. The mill owners were Methodists, and so were a large majority of the workers.

His father was chief among those in Oxenhope who urged young Herbert to become a local preacher on the Haworth and Oakworth Methodist circuit, the jurisdiction that incorporated Oxenhope. Rev. H. Allen Riggall, the minister at Oxenhope from 1915 to 1918, guided him towards lay preaching. In later life Butterfield remembered preaching for the first time when he was about sixteen. He may have had opportunities to preach before the spring of 1918, when, at age seventeen, he formally passed the Methodist examinations which admitted him to standing as a lay preacher ‘‘on trial’’.

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