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Collingwood wrote the first biography of Ruskin, and the first analysis of his art criticism. He deplored the Severns’ greed and total inability to understand the international importance of Ruskin’s cultural legacy. In 1900, he organised a hugely important Ruskin exhibition in Coniston Institute; this paid for a permanent memorial – The Ruskin Museum, housing a collection of Ruskin watercolours, drawings, sketchbooks, minerals, crystals, casts and personalia, lovingly selected to illustrate Ruskin’s almost forensic examination, through detailed drawing, of the particular, before attempting any speculation on underlying general principles, and cross-relationships between fields of study.
William Gershom Collingwood (1854–1932)
oil on canvas
H 61 x W 51 cm
gift from Miss Violet Severn, the artist's daughter, 1934