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Recto: Study of a Shell. Verso: Two Diagrams of Cylinders drawn in Perspective John Ruskin

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    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
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    Material and technique
    recto, watercolour and bodycolour over graphite; verso, graphite, all on wove paper
    198 x 278 mm
    Verso (the sheet aligned vertically), all in graphite:
    below the left-hand diagram: six feet | away. | 4 in in | diameter . | a foot under | sight
    below the right-hand diagram: 3 ft away
    left, above centre, written up the sheet: WS II 32

    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. 326

    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. Working Series no. II.32


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