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

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

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An Exercise on the Outline of a common Snail-Shell John Ruskin

  • Ruskin text

    143 Exercise on outline of common snail-Shell.M
  • Details

    Artist/maker
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
    Object type
    drawing
    Material and technique
    pen and ink over graphite on wove paper
    Dimensions
    341 x 495 mm
    Inscription
    Recto:
    within the drawing, the spiral of the left-hand shell is labelled, where it crosses the main horizontal and vertical lines, in ink, 'a' to 'f'
    bottom left, in graphite (recent): E193

    Verso:
    top centre, in graphite: 22/C
    left, towards bottom, upside down: 3 [or 'z']
    top left, the Ruskin School's stamp
    Provenance

    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.

    No. of items
    1
    Accession no.
    WA.RS.ED.193
  • Subject terms allocated by curators:

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  • References in which this object is cited include:

    References

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 193

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. 143

    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. 193

    Taylor, Gerald, ‘John Ruskin: A Catalogue of Drawings by John Ruskin in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford’, 7 fascicles, 1998, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, no. 178

Location

    • Western Art Print Room

Position in Ruskin’s Collection

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