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Recto: A Study of a Fruit and Foliage. Verso: A Study of Ornament. (Leaf from a Sketch-Book.) John Ruskin

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    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
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    Material and technique
    recto: watercolour over graphite; verso: graphite, on wove paper
    181 x 116 mm
    bottom left, in graphite: B
    bottom right, in ink (Ruskin): B.20

    Verso (all Ruskin):
    to the right of the drawing, in ink: See page
    in the bottom half of the drawing, in graphite, upside down: Segni. West of line, 1/4 hour | past Velletri. worth stopping. | Just past Segni station. west. | portico of temple on hill, with cella. | - very impatient. | Spargola. magnificent hill town | Frosinone [struck through and replaced with the following word:] Ferentino. east. large but | scattered | Frosinone. large & grand, on promontory

    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.ii

    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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