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Print of the Decoration on a Greek Vase, showing Apollo and Artemis Anonymous, Continental

  • Curator’s description:


    This frame originally contained a plate from Lenormant and De Witte's "Elite des monuments céramographiques, published between 1844 and 1861. However, Ruskin's description of the plate - '"Apollo and Artemis." Greek vase-painting' is insufficient to identify the plate - the second volume of Lenormant and de Witte is almost entirely dedicated to images of Apollo and Artemis/Diana. It was presumably taken from Ruskin's copy of the work now preserved in the Ruskin Library (inventory no. 1996B2621), which is missing many of its plates.

    The plate first appeared in the Teaching Collection in 1831, when Ruskin catalogued it as no. 23 in Educational Series, the first of a series of similar items in Case II representing "Elementary Illustrations of Greek Design". It remained in the same position, although renumbered as no. 39, in the 1874 catalogue of the series, but does not appear in Ruskin's 1878 reorganisation of the series. Cook and Wedderburn noted in 1906 (XXI.78 n. 4) that it was no longer in the collection.

  • Details

    Anonymous, Continental (Anonymous, Continental) (lithographer)
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    Material and technique
    watercolour and bodycolour over lithograph on wove paper

    Presumably presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), 1875; listed in 1906 as no longer in the Drawing School.

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  • References in which this object is cited include:


    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. 23

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 39

    Lenormant, Charles, and Jean de Witte, Elite des monuments céramographiques: Matériaux pour l'histoire des religions et des moeurs de l'antiquité, 4 vols in 8 (Paris: Leleux, 1844-1861), ?

    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. Educational no. 39


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