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Recto: Studies of a Corinthian Capital and the Top of the Pediment of the Tomb of Roger II in Palermo Cathedral. Verso: A Study of the Head of Christ from the Tomb of Frederick II in Palermo Cathedral John Ruskin

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    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
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    Material and technique
    graphite on wove paper
    198 x 131 mm
    Associated place
    Recto (all Ruskin):
    top right, in ink, written down the page: A.27.2.
    to the right of the bottom of the capital, in graphite: impossible | to find | a richer | or lovelier | Corinthian

    Verso (described with the sheet turned to match the orientation of the drawing):
    below the drawing, in graphite (Ruskin): The Xt. on Frederick
    top left, in ink, upside down: Palermo
    centre left, in graphite, written down the sheet: C.
    bottom left, in ink, upside down: [...]

    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. 280.iii

    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. Reference no. 172


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