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The Two Wives of Jason Edward Coley Burne-Jones

  • Curator’s description:


    Cook and Wedderburn listed a series of works presented by Ruskin 'on the Walls of the School, or standing on cabinets, etc.' (XXI.300). These were unnumbered, and have been given arbitrary accession numbers, based on their position in Cook and Wedderburn's list, for the purposes of the current catalogue.

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    Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833 - 1898)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    watercolour and bodycolour over black chalk on paper
    1330 x 1330 mm (sight size)
    Recto, both below the scroll, in graphite:
    left: Thou roote of fals loveres duke Jason ! | Thou slye devourer, and confusion | Of gentil women, gentil creatures ! | For foule delyte, which thou callest love
    right: If that I live, thy name shall be shove | in Englyssh, that thy sleighte shal be knowe : | Have at the, Jason ! now thyn horn is blowe :

    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:


    Ruskin, John, Instructions in Practice of Elementary Drawing, Arranged with Reference to the First Series of Examples in the Drawings Schools of the University of Oxford (n.p., [1872]), cat. Wall no. 3 (on p. 2)

    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. Wall

    Ruskin, John, Instructions in the Preliminary Exercises Arranged for the Lower Drawing-School (London: Smith, Elder, 1872), cat. Wall no. 3 (on p. 2)

    Ruskin, John, Instructions in the Preliminary Exercise Arranged For the Lower Drawing-School (London: Spottiswoode, 1873), cat. Wall no. 3 (on p. 2)


    • currently in research collection

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