This month’s photograph shows Andrew Sydenham Farrar Gow (1886–1978). A classical scholar, ASF Gow was elected a Fellow of Trinity College in 1911 but spent the years 1914 to 1925 as the Assistant Master of Eton College. Gow’s notable works include editions of Machon, Theocritus and the Greek Anthology.
The Gow collection at Trinity College Library consists of 323 books from Gow’s library, most of them published in the 20th century, on the subjects of art, classics and literature (Gow 1-323). Gow was a friend and colleague of the poet and classicist A.E. Housman, who is best known for the series of poems called ‘A Shropshire lad’. Housman also came to Trinity in 1911, taking the Kennedy Professorship in Latin. The Gow collection contains 33 books by or about A.E. Housman, including one written by Housman’s sister Clemence and illustrated by his brother Laurence Housman (Gow 314).
Gow’s memorial is in Trinity College Chapel.