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John Ruskin

Image credit: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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John Ruskin (1817–1900), one of the most influential thinkers in Victorian Britain, was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford, 1870–1878 and 1883–1885. This portrait can be dated by comparison with others to c.1882, when Ruskin was sixty-three. The attribution is based on a larger version, now lost, which was apparently signed in monogram. Prinsep was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite circle and would have first met Ruskin when he submitted a decoration for the Oxford Union in 1857.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



John Ruskin


c. 1882


oil on ivory


H 15 x W 10 cm

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Acquisition method

Purchased (Hope Collection Fund), 1934

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