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Three Studies of Currant-blossom John Ruskin

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    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
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    Material and technique
    pen and ink over graphite on lined blue laid paper with a Britannia watermark
    197 x 160 mm
    top left, in ink, obscured by white bodycolour: [...]
    just to the right, in ink: Currant
    just below the first inscription, in ink: 357
    below and to the right of all three inscriptions, in graphite: 2

    in the top half, written across the sheet, in ink (Ruskin): Calyx permanent. | In the Gooseberry, and rose tribe the | calyx becomes ma ['ma' struck though] permanent - or even | principal. In Gooseberry, currant | & apple, its tube is the Fruit. | In the Peach - cherry - strawberry | It is modified | See strawberry p. 345 365 ['345' crossed out, a line running from 'p' to '365']
    top right, in ink: 356.
    below and right of centre, the Ruskin School's stamp

    Presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), 1875; 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. 070.ii

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. 11.C

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 18

    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. 18


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