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A Study of a small Piece of blue Enamel 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.

  • Details

    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    watercolour and gold paint on wove paper
    178 x 161 mm
    Recto, bottom, towards left, in graphite (Ruskin): lower left

    On a small, separate, rectangular paper label, in graphite:
    to the left: 3
    just right of centre: 4 by 4

    On a large, separate, rectangular paper label (recent):
    top, left of centre, the Ruskin School's stamp
    just below, in ink: A. 26
    below centre, from the left, in graphite: Bell MS A 8 | Bell's pencil note on old mount : ' By Ruskin ?? | But see Wedderburn and Cook {sic} p. 308." ['sic' underlined]

    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. 202

    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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