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Little Devil's Bridge (from the Liber Studiorum) Turner

  • Curator’s description:


    According to Cook and Wedderburn (XXI.305), the Supplementary Cabinet was 'a cabinet which Ruskin placed in the School but did not fill'; the examples which they listed were placed there shortly before their catalogue was published in 1906.

  • Details

    Turner (Joseph Mallord William Turner) (1775 - 1851) (designer, etcher)
    Charles Turner (1773 - 1857) (engraver)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    etching and mezzotint on paper
    208 x 288 mm (plate); 251 x 340 mm (sheet)
    Associated people
    Charles Turner (1773 - 1857) (publisher)
    Associated place
    all within the plate mark, etched:
    bottom left: Drawn & Etched by J.M.W. Turner Esqr. R.A. P.P.
    bottom right: Engraved by Chas. Turner
    bottom centre: LITTLE DEVILS BRIDGE over the RUSS above ALLDORFT SWISSD. | London Published March 29. 1809. by C. Turner, No. 50, Warren Street Fitzroy Square.

    bottom, towards right, in graphite (recent): F19I
    just to the right, in graphite (recent): F19f?
    bottom right, in ink: 106

    Verso, bottom right, 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:


    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. 70

    Finberg, Alexander J., The History of Turner's Liber Studiorum: With a New Catalogue Raisonné (London: Ernest Benn, 1924), no. 19.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. Supplementary no. 165


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