Letter from Frederic Harrison to William Robinson

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Written from Elm Hill, Hawkhurst, [Kent]. Manuscript

Robinson is right that Millet [Jean-François Millet] could not have shown such dignity or grace in his French peasants unless it had been in them; he knows them well as he has lived in French families and knows the peasant at home; Robinson may read his experience of a visit to Millet in Barbizon, and Millet’s own discourse about his work, and Harrison’s attempts to get Ruskin to see his merits, in Harrison’s ‘Autobiographical Memoirs’, vol 1, pp 234-237