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Swift ("Hirundo Apus") Christiaan Sepp

  • Details

    Artist/maker
    Christiaan Sepp (c. 1700 - 1775) (engraver)
    Object type
    print
    Material and technique
    watercolour over etching on laid paper
    Dimensions
    421 x 276 mm (plate); 495 x 341 mm (sheet)
    Inscription
    Recto:
    within the image, etched: HIRUNDO APUS.
    below the image, within the plate-mark, etched: Ex collectione plurimum reverendi Domini Adriani Buurt.
    top left, in ink: 205
    across the top of the sheet, above the plate-mark, in ink: Swift. (Foot-less Swallow). All these plates are only put in temporarily: and un-named; | because every bird has half a dozen names, now, and I can't get any catalogue printed safely, yet, | but for drawing practice they will serve, just now. It is of no use arranging till the frames are all filled.
    top left, largely truncated by the edge of the sheet, the Ruskin School's stamp
    bottom right, upside down, in graphite: Rud 223

    Verso:
    top left, in graphite: Plate 20. Nederlan
    just below: R | 221
    bottom left, in graphite: 222
    top right, the Ruskin School's stamp
    Provenance

    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.

    No. of items
    1
    Accession no.
    WA.RS.RUD.223
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  • References in which this object is cited include:

    References

    Ruskin, John, Instructions in the Preliminary Exercise Arranged For the Lower Drawing-School (London: Spottiswoode, 1873), cat. Rudimentary no. 223

    Ruskin, John, Instructions in Practice of Elementary Drawing, Arranged with Reference to the First Series of Examples in the Drawings Schools of the University of Oxford (n.p., [1872]), cat. Rudimentary no. 223

    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. Rudimentary no. 223

    Ruskin, John, Instructions in the Preliminary Exercises Arranged for the Lower Drawing-School (London: Smith, Elder, 1872), cat. Rudimentary no. 223

    Ruskin, John, The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogue of the Rudimentary Series, in the Arrangement of 1873, ed. Robert Hewison (London: Lion and Unicorn Press, 1984), cat. Rudimentary no. 223, RUD.223

Location

    • Western Art Print Room

Position in Ruskin’s Collection

Ruskin's Catalogues

  • Ruskin's Rudimentary series, 3rd ed. (1872)

    These examples are from Le Vaillant’s work on the Birds of Paradise , but not catalogued, for the same reason that Mr. Gould’s Birds are not: that I wish the book to be in the student’s library. For which reason, also, I have not cut up my fine-paper copy; and these prints, from the small-paper edition, are not justly representative of Le Vaillant’s book ; but will answer my immediate purpose, of giving exercises in colour, with extreme precision of terminal line. The swallow, from my Dutch book, R|223 , and egret, from Mr. Gould’s , R|225 , are necessary for other particulars, and will remain.

  • Ruskin's Rudimentary series 4th ed. (1872)

    These examples are from Le Vaillant’s work on the Birds of Paradise , but not catalogued, for the same reason that Mr. Gould’s Birds are not: that I wish the book to be in the student’s library. For which reason, also, I have not cut up my fine-paper copy; and these prints, from the small-paper edition, are not justly representative of Le Vaillant’s book ; but will answer my immediate purpose, of giving exercises in colour, with extreme precision of terminal line. The swallow, from my Dutch book, R|223 , and egret, from Mr. Gould’s , R|225 , are necessary for other particulars, and will remain.

  • Ruskin's Rudimentary series, 5th ed. (1873)

    These examples are from Le Vaillant’s work on the Birds of Paradise , but not catalogued, for the same reason that Mr. Gould’s Birds are not: that I wish the book to be in the student’s library. For which reason, also, I have not cut up my fine-paper copy; and these prints, from the small-paper edition, are not justly representative of Le Vaillant’s book ; but will answer my immediate purpose, of giving exercises in colour, with extreme precision of terminal line. The swallow, from my Dutch book, R|223 , and egret, from Mr. Gould’s , R|225 , are necessary for other particulars, and will remain.

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