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Recto: A Study of the Tomb of Roger II in Palermo Cathedral. Verso: A Sketch of the Landscape near Palermo. (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
    178 x 115 mm
    Associated place
    Recto, all in ink (Ruskin):
    bottom: Tomb of Roger First. Palermo. See B.30.2
    left, just below centre: a

    Verso (described with the sheet turned to match the orientation of the drawing):
    below the drawing, in ink (Ruskin): Connection of Promontory on last page with | valley of Palermo - just before steamer got in. | April 21st. 74.
    top right, in ink: B. 28
    right, towards top, in graphite, written up the page: A.

    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.i

    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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