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Peel Castle (Leaf from a Sketch-Book of Manx Scenes)

  • Curator’s description:


    This drawing was not catalogued explicitly by Ruskin, although it must be one of the 'series of pencil sketches in the Isle of Man' 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.

  • Details

    Object type
    Material and technique
    graphite on wove paper
    93 x 162 mm
    Associated place
    Recto, all in graphite:
    down the left-hand edge: Peel. Aug. 13th. 1878. 6.p.m.
    a series of colour notes in the sky, starting from above the building on the left: blue
    above and to the right: 1
    below and to the right: 2
    above and to the right of the highest part of the castle: 1 under edges | grey upper edges drab ['drab' struck through] | drab white
    to the right: light drab 2
    below: 1 | lovely greenish blue
    just below, written up the page: blue | grey || drab || drab white

    Verso, top left, in graphite: Long 37

    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:


    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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