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John Ruskin (1819–1900)

Photo credit: The Ruskin Museum

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Arthur Severn soon abandoned the sober Civil Service for art. Lazy, in 1871, he opportunistically married Joan Ruskin Agnew (1846–1924), the cousin, eventual guardian, of John Ruskin. He was generous to them, but following his 1878 break-down, they lived at Brantwood. Joan had to mediate between Ruskin and her socially ambitious but resentful drone of a husband. Charitable though he was, Ruskin resented being regarded as a meal-ticket.

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    61 x 51 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    gift from the artist, 1901


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