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Study of a Bird Henry Stacy Marks

  • Curator’s description:


    This drawing was not catalogued explicitly by Ruskin, although it may have been one of the studies of birds by Marks which he mentioned under No. 168 in his 1878 catalogue of the Educational Series. It was presumably one of the 'eleven studies of birds ("Zoo, 1877") by H.S. Marks, R.A.' listed as being in the Long Cabinet by Cook and Wedderburn (XXI.306). The imprecision of Cook and Wedderburn's description of the cabinet mean that it has been given an arbitrary number within the cabinet for the purposes of the current catalogue.

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    Henry Stacy Marks (1829 - 1898)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    watercolour over graphite on wove paper
    126 x 99 mm
    Recto, a series of notes, all in graphite:
    up the left edge: about 11. inches
    top, left of centre: dark grey
    just above and to the right: [...]
    top right: [...]
    just below: chrome yellow | Bill grey bone | colour [...] | lt grey eye lid
    right, above centre: Sober [?] | green | rather bluish | on back | warmer | [...] end | tipped with blue
    to the right of the junction of the bird's tail and body: tipped with blue
    bottom centre: brightest green

    bottom right: D [?}
    bottom left: Long 9 | This [?] by itself

    Presumably presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford)

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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. Long Cabinet


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