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William Gershom Collingwood (1854–1932)

Photo credit: The Ruskin Museum

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W. G. Collingwood probably met Arthur Severn at Brantwood, about 1881. Severn depicts a very smart, dapper young Collingwood, in his late twenties, possibly thirty, serious, with an intelligent expression; he appears a trifle ill at ease, as if embarrassed at having his portrait painted, and sensing that the result will be superficial, not penetrating. Collingwood wrote the first biography of Ruskin, and the first analysis of his art criticism.

The Ruskin Museum

Coniston


Date

c.1881–c.1885

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 61 x W 51 cm

Accession number

1989.813

Acquisition method

gift from Miss Violet Severn, the artist's daughter, 1934

Work type

Painting


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