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Three Shields carrying Arms, said by Ruskin to be those of King Edward the Martyr, King Ethelred the Unready, and King Edmund Ironside John Ruskin

  • Curator’s description:


    As the unframed examples had not been given an order by Ruskin, they have been given arbitrary accession numbers based upon their position in Cook and Wedderburn's list of the unframed objects (XXI.308) for the purposes of the current catalogue.

    The arms are impossible to identify with certainty, as the Saxon and Norman kings of England only acquired arms in later centuries, when they were retrospectively and inconsistently assigned them by early heralds.

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    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    watercolour over graphite on wove paper
    397 x 285 mm
    Recto, all in graphite:
    top left: 1551. Spectacles | at Rouen before
    just to the right: Henry II & Cath de Medici
    top right: Guignières ill. 55
    bottom: Edward the Martyr Ethelred the Unready and Old Ironside

    towards bottom right, the Ruskin School's stamp
    just below, in ink: M. 56
    just below, in graphite (recent): p. 308

    Presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), 1875; 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. 252

    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. Unframed


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