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John Ruskin Letter

Identifier: MSS 0134

Scope and Contents

The letter in this collection is written by Ruskin from Brantwood to his publisher, and is dated December 29, 1880: "I send you a phot[ograph] from my sketch of Amiens folk - now destroyed by Violet le Duc -- can you set in hand a pretty vignette from it..."


  • 1880


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Biographical or Historical Information

John Ruskin (1819-1900) was an author, art historian, and architectural critic. He was born in London to strict Calvinist parents and traveled frequently with his mother, father, and nurse on business trips to Flanders, Germany, and Switzerland. By the age of fifteen, Ruskin was composing poetry, dramas, and romances in imitation of Shakespeare, Pope and Byron.

Though his early schooling was irregular and his time at Oxford was interrupted by two years of poor health, Ruskin came to be highly regarded as a social theorist. Strongly influenced by the teachings of Thomas Carlyle, he was particularly interested in the ways in which art might both restore an aesthetic component to production and induce an appreciation of higher values. His reputation as one of the leading critics and architectural historians of his day was established with the publication of the first volume of The Stones of Venice in 1851, and his publications until the early 1870s were quite prolific.

Elected Slade Professor of Art at the University of Oxford in 1869, Ruskin lectured there for ten years until disease of the brain forced him to resign in 1879. His last decade was spent in retirement at the cottage he had acquired at Brantwood, Coniston.


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John Ruskin (1819-1900) was a British author, art historian, and architectural critic. This letter was written by Ruskin to his publisher in 1880: "I send you a phot[ograph] from my sketch of Amiens folk - now destroyed by Violet le Duc -- can you set in hand a pretty vignette from it..."

Method of Acquisition

Removed from The Works of John Ruskin, date unknown.

Related Materials

See Princeton University, Mount Holyoke College, and Columbia University for more John Ruskin collections.

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