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Recto: Two Enlarged Studies of a Primrose. Verso: A reconstruction of a carved Shield, from the north Aisle of Westminster Abbey John Ruskin

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    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
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    Material and technique
    recto: watercolour over graphite; verso: graphite, on wove paper
    483 x 337 mm
    Associated place
    Verso (arranged upside down with respect to the recto; but recorded here as the verso is oriented), all in graphite:
    arranged around the arms and in the centre of the small cross, towards top right, reading clockwise from the top: 'E', 'F', 'G', 'H', 'I'
    just to the right, with a dotted line pointing to the centre of the small cross: I the line [picture of a small square] 3/8 square
    right, just below top: A | C
    just below: E 1 | F 1 | G 1 | H 1
    just below: [...] | - E | - F | - G | - H
    to the left of the top of the main shield: this line
    just below, cut off by the edge of the sheet: posed center
    the top left corner of the shield is labelled twice 'A'
    the top right corner of the shield is labelled twice 'B'
    bottom, right of centre, upside down: W.S.II.7
    bottom right (recent): Cf. XXI. p. 247

    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. 302

    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. Working Series no. II.7


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