The Elements of Drawing, John Ruskin’s teaching collection at Oxford

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Arpinum Richard Wilson

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    • Western Art Print Room

Ruskin's Catalogues

  • Ruskin's revision to the Rudimentary series (1878)

    276.

    Sketch by Richard Wilson, in English low-lands, given to show the state of landscape-art just before Turner broke into it with a new light. Wilson is a thoroughly great Painter and this drawing is not to cast contempt upon him, but upon the kind of teaching which landscapists received in the xviii.th Century. Nor is the sketch given as faultful in manner on the contrary it is wholly exemplary in manner;; it is only faultful in representation of fact: not one of the lines here pretending to represent trees rendering truly any any one fact of stem or foliage, but only recording for the Painter the position of masses which had interested him, and out of which he felt himR. self able to compose an impressive Picture. Of the manner of this composition I shall speak in another place. It is entirely artistic and, in the xviiith century import of the word, gentlemanly in the highest degree, and this quality is one rarely to be obtained in the xixth Century.

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