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Drawing of an Illuminated Letter 'I' from the Psalter and Hours of Isabelle of France John Ruskin

  • 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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    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    watercolour, bodycolour and gold paint over graphite on board
    534 x 335 mm
    Recto, all in ink:
    bottom left: Letter I. | Highest class. 13th century. (1265) | from my psalter of St Louis.
    bottom right: JR | 1858

    Verso, all in graphite:
    below top centre: 23.
    below: Be very careful to leave all writing | on mount with J R 1858 showing - | 2 inch margin
    top, towards right: P. 300 | Ruskin

    Presented by Joan Severn to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford) in exchange for leaves from the Psalter and Hours of Isabelle of France, 1904

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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. 215

    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


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