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Recto: Four Studies of Clover Blossoms. Verso: Two rough Studies of Clover Blossoms John Ruskin

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    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
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    Material and technique
    recto: watercolour, bodycolour, and pen and ink, over graphite; verso: pen and ink, on lined blue laid paper with a Britannia watermark
    196 x 155 mm
    top right, in ink: 382
    below the bottom right image, in ink: d

    running right down the page, written out from the left edge, in ink (Ruskin): The smell is as rich as honey | and exactly of ['of' underlined] honey | The head dies from the bottom, the inner | flowers opening into a hollow | cup. the outer ones drooping and getting brown | Th [smudged out] | The white clover is quite different | Quite symmetrical Spiral | a little scale at base of | each stalk forms an exquisite | [r]eceptacle. when half flower | [...] pulled off. a b. line | of le[...]atides [?] of calices | [...] d. much steeper arch | - line of flower bases | Dwell on these [?] exquisite calices | in this | radiating fruition [?]
    top left, in ink: 383
    bottom right, in graphite: Ed.7
    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. 072

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. 4.B

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 7

    Ruskin, John, ‘Educational Series 1878’, 1878, Oxford, Oxford University Archives, cat. Educational no. 7

    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. 7


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