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Study of a Black Adder John Ruskin

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    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    watercolour, bodycolour, and pen and ink over graphite on wove paper
    178 x 119 mm
    written across the upper body of the right-hand image, in ink: Bruised here
    written across the bottom, in ink: Brantwood. 28th Apri | April 1878 | Black entirely underneath . | with sliding rings like a | Knights armour. 18 inches long.
    bottom right, in ink: 41
    top left, in graphite, written down the page: R

    just below centre, in graphite (recent): Ruskin E169
    centre left, in graphite, written down the sheet: C

    Presumably presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford); first recorded in the Ruskin Drawing School in 1906; transferred from the Ruskin Drawing School to the Ashmolean Museum c.1949

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  • References in which this object is cited include:


    Taylor, Gerald, ‘John Ruskin: A Catalogue of Drawings by John Ruskin in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford’, 7 fascicles, 1998, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, no. 315.iii

    Ruskin, John, ‘The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogues, Notes and Instructions’, Edward T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds, The Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition, 39 (London: George Allen, 1903-1912), 21, cat. Educational no. 169bis


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