Title: John Ruskin, miscellaneous correspondence
Classmark: BC MS 19c Ruskin
Creator(s): Ruskin, John (1819-1900)
Date: 7 Aug 1852 - 17 May 1882
Main language: English
Size and medium: 4 autograph letters, 2 with envelopes, held in 1 larger envelope
Collection group(s): English Literature
Contains: (1) 2 letters to Miss Gertrude Huish with envelopes, 1 dated 4 November 60; (2) 1 undated letter to Mrs Elizabeth Gaskell; (3) 1 undated letter about art to Mr R. Peyton
Further material added in July 2017:
Autograph letter from Ruskin to William Ward dated 17 May 1882., commenting on J.M.W Turner's artwork and granting Ward permission to produce a facsimile copy of Turner's 'Coblentz' [letter has been published in 'Letters from John Ruskin to William Ward' edited by Thomas Wise, vol. 2, 1893].
A manuscript list of Ruskin's books, pamphlets, prints and drawings by William Ward [11pp].
Also a piece of paper with Ward's address '2 Church Terrace Richmond Surrey' stamped in red ink, and with 'drawing by J Ruskin' handwritten in pencil by Ward [drawing missing].
Two letters from Ruskin to Richard Ford esq [one of the letters is dated 7 Aug 1852].
A photograph of Ruskin with related press-cutting.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), the author, artist and social reformer, was born in London and brought up on strict puritanical principles. He entered Christ Church, Oxford, in 1836. In 1848 he married Euphemia Chalmers Gray, who divorced him in 1855. He defended the pre-Raphaelites in 1851 and became the first Slade Professor of Art at Oxford in 1870. In 1871 he moved to Brantwood, Coniston Lake, where he remained until his death from influenza on 20 January 1900. For a full account and assessment of his life and work see the 'Dictionary of National Biography'.
Manuscript list of Ruskin's books and prints donated by Mrs Rosevear, Leamington Spa, on 6 Feb 1948.
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