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

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

Ruskin's Educational series, 2nd ed. (1874)

Ruskin's revised catalogue of 300 works for the instruction of undergraduates and his notes on the use of particular examples.

Educational 2 cover

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Afternoon in Spring, with south Wind, at Neuchâtel John Ruskin

  • Ruskin text

    Afternoon in spring, with south wind, at Neuchatel;
  • Curator’s description:


    A view across foam-flecked waves on the Lac de Neuchâtel to the cliffs and woods of the northern shore, with the snowcapped crests of the Bernese Oberland rising in the distance. The cloudy sky above is full of movement, further adding to the impression of a windy day.

    Ruskin stayed at Neuchâtel on 30 April 1869, on the outward leg of his journey to Switzerland and the Veneto. Taylor suggests that this drawing, and that of "Morning in Spring, with north-east Wind, at Vevey" which was framed with it, were done within a short space of time of each other.

    The drawing was first catalogued in the Drawing School in 1871, as no. 8 I in Case XII of the Educational Series, which was devoted to 'Rocks, Water, and Clouds'. Although renumbered, as 298, it remained in the same place in the 1874 catalogue of the series.

  • Details

    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
    Object type
    Material and technique
    watercolour and bodycolour over graphite on pale grey wove paper
    173 x 252 mm
    Associated place

    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. 105

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. XII.8.I

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 298

    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. 298


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