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Recto: Two Studies of Corinthian Capitals. Verso: A Sketch of a Detail of the Bishop's Throne in the Duomo, Naples. (Leaf from a Sketch-Book.) John Ruskin

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    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
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    Material and technique
    graphite on wove paper
    131 x 201 mm
    Associated place
    written across the bottom, in graphite (Ruskin): my middle one - doughy and heavy | - even here much | too elegant - porphyry | not cutting well
    bottom right, in ink: A . 26.l.

    Verso (described with the sheet turned to match the orientation of the drawing):
    above the curve of the arch, in graphite (Ruskin): Archbishops throne | Duomo Naples
    bottom left, in ink, written down the sheet (Ruskin): Naples. April | 20
    bottom right, in ink, written down the sheet: A. 23
    centre, right, in graphite, written up the sheet: E

    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.v

    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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