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Drawing of a Chariot Race from a Greek Vase Arthur Burgess

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    Arthur Burgess (1843 - 1886)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    watercolour, bodycolour and ink on pale brown wove paper
    176 x 258 mm
    Verso, bottom, right of centre: the Ruskin School's stamp

    On a small, square, separate, paper label, in graphite: 23

    On another small, rectangular, separate, paper label, in graphite, all struck through with a wavy line: Edu 23. Greek horses | an [?]

    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. 24

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 49

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of Examples Arranged for Elementary Study in the University Galleries (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1870), cat. Educational no. 23

    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. 49


    • currently in research collection

Position in Ruskin’s Collection

Ruskin's Catalogues

  • Ruskin's Educational series, 1st ed. (1871)

    24 Chariot Race. Drawing from archaic vase. A
  • Ruskin's Educational series, 2nd ed. (1874)

    49. Chariot Race. Drawing from archaic Vase.A
  • Ruskin's Catalogue of Examples (1870)

    23. Chariot-race, from vase of finest time, of red clay, in the British Museum. No. 447* in Mr. Newton’s CatalogueCatalogue of the Greek and Etruscan Vases in the British Museum. (Nicol, Pall Mall, 1851.) It is highly desirable that you should possess this book, and if Mr. Newton will kindly see that every vase named in it retains its number, as described, painted in the vase in white on a black label, whatever future changes may be made in the arrangement of the collection, it will be of the utmost use for all purposes of study. .

    By Mr. Burgess, and carefully drawn, so that it may be a standard to you of good execution in the early vases. It is a little too difficult, however, for you to copy; the next is ruder and easier.

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