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Recto: Four Studies of Bean-Blossom. Verso: Six Studies of Vine-Blossom John Ruskin

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    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
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    Material and technique
    pen and ink over graphite, with bodycolour on the verso, on lined blue laid paper
    196 x 158 mm
    Recto, in ink (Ruskin):
    top left: 369
    just below: Bean.
    the four detailed drawings are lettered, top left 'a', top right 'c', bottom left 'a2', bottom right 'b'
    below the upper left drawing: Calyx. Stamens. and pistil.
    bottom, across the page but the first line starting in the centre: The Calyx is 5 sepaled; [sic] in | perspective rudely at b | The stigma seen in profile in a and a2. is | an exquisite white & pure gloss fau ['fau' struck through] fan. c. when | seen frm above

    Verso, in ink, Ruskin:
    top right: 368
    along the top, abov a horizontal line: Gloxinia. account of. M. 29. 1191
    just below the line, right: Vine
    bottom right: Very light appearance | of projecting rib on | upper surface
    bottom 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. 071.i

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. X.3.L

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 238

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of Examples Arranged for Elementary Study in the University Galleries (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1870), cat. Educational no. 33.B

    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. 238


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