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Two Studies of Birds 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)
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    Material and technique
    watercolour over graphite on wove paper
    132 x 99 mm
    Recto, a series of notes, all in graphite:
    up the left edge: about 9 in ?
    top centre: pink [?] band | & white line
    top right: Canary Colour | crimson beak. [?] | slightly yellow band by | nostrils
    lower left: A feather in | wings & tail | here & there | whiter -

    Verso, bottom left, in graphite: Long 14 (right) | 2

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

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