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Portrait Bust of John Ruskin Joseph Edgar Boehm, Sir

  • 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.

  • Details

    Joseph Edgar Boehm, Sir (1834 - 1890) (sculptor)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    On the right shoulder, incised: J.E. BOEHM fecit
    on the front of the plinth, incised: RUSKIN

    Commissioned by a committee instigated by Henry Acland, 1880

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    Accession no.
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  • References in which this object is cited include:


    Penny, Nicholas, Catalogue of European Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum: 1540 to the Present Day, 3 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992)

    Cook, Edward T., Studies in Ruskin: Some Aspects of the Work and Teaching of John Ruskin (Orpington: George Allen, 1890), frontispiece

    Dearden, James S., John Ruskin: A Life in Pictures (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999), no. 149, pp. 119-120 & 232-233, pl. 22

    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

    Warren, Jeremy, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2014)


    • currently in research collection

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