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John Ruskin

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Art critic, artist and social reformer; one of the great thinkers and critics of the Victorian period, whose writings profoundly influenced attitudes to art, architecture and aesthetics; published 'Modern Painters', 1843-60, 'Seven Lamps of Architecture', 1849, and 'Stones of Venice' 1851-3; later turned to social and political problems, advocating socialistic reforms; keenly interested in science and an accomplished watercolourist. His unfinished autobiography, Praeterita is a highly selective account, and a radically different approach to autobiography, intended as an 'informal assemblage of memories'.

National Portrait Gallery, London



John Ruskin




oil on linen


H 126.7 x W 101 cm

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Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 1988. On long-term loan to Brantwood, Cumbria

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