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Unsettled political Convictions anonymous British

  • Curator’s description:


    The only survivor of the 'bundle of cartoons from "Punch"' listed by Cook & Wedderburn amongst the unframed examples (XXI.308).

    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

    anonymous British (Anonymous (British)) (block cutter)
    after George Du Maurier (1834 - 1896)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    wood-engraving and letterpress on wove paper
    113 x 175 mm (block); 171 x 201 mm (sheet); 189 x 224 mm (mount)
    within the image, in the train of Lady Robinson's dress, engraved: DU MAURIER

    around the image, all in letterpress:
    top right, in small capitals: [October 16, 1880.
    top left: 174
    below, in small capitals: UNSETTLED POLITICAL CONVICTIONS | Ever since he was snubbed by the two Duchesses, last Season, Todeson has been an Advanced Liberal, and devoted | himself to that fair Democrat, Lady Clara Robinson (née Vere de Vere), who has taken such an interest in the Working | Man, and whose Gilded Saloon is the rendezvous of all the titled Radicals of either Sex, and the Geniuses at whose | feet they may be sitting. Unfortunately for poor T., whenever he receives an invitation from her Ladyship, it is | not to meet the Titled Radicals & Co. in the Gilded Saloon, but to take Tea with the Working Man and his Family in the Garden, and "help to amuse the dear creatures." | He seriously thinks of turning Conservative again, hang it all!
    Below, in two columns, fragments of a piece entitled: PURITY OF ELECTION.

    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:


    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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