Ruskin, John

Scope and Content

SL V 22 contains three volumes of sixty-two holograph letters from John Ruskin to Grace Allen. SL V 23 is one holograph letter by Ruskin to the Reverend J U Cooper.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Ruskin was born on 8 February 1819 in London. Ruskin was educated by his mother and by various tutors before attending Oxford University. His study there was interrupted for two years by illness. He embarked upon a foreign tour with his parents, which lasted from June to September 1840. After resuming his education, he received his BA in 1842 and his MA in 1843. He taught art at Working Men's Colleges and at Oxford. While at Oxford he was appointed the first Slade Professor of Fine Art in 1869. During his life he wrote many books on art, social criticism and politics. In 1871 he purchased Brantwood near Coniston in the Lake District. Ruskin died of influenza on 20 January 1900.

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Other Finding Aids

University of London Library, The Sterling library: a catalogue of the printed books and literary manuscripts collected by Sir Louis Sterling and presented by him to the University of London , Cambridge, (1954).

Archivist's Note

Separated Material

The Ruskin Library, Lancaster, holds correspondence, literary manuscripts and family papers, 1814-1900; the John Rylands University Library of Manchester has correspondence and papers (Ref: Eng MSS 1161-66, 1193, 1245-67, 1304), letters to Augusta Hayes, 1849-1886; Cumbria Record Office, Kendal, contains correspondence and papers, 1828-1888 (Ref: WDSo/106), sermon notes, 1832, correspondence with H Fletcher and Canon Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley, 1875-1885 (Ref: WDX/1039); the Ruskin Museum, Coniston, holds miscellaneous papers (Ref: Con RM); the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, has literary papers and miscellaneous letters, letters to Edward and Georgina Burne-Jones, 1861-1887 (Ref: Burne-Jones Papers), letters to Robert Chester; the Ruskin Gallery Collection of the Guild of St George, Sheffield, contains papers relating to the Guild; the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, holds correspondence and literary papers (Ref: MSS Eng lett c32-52; Eng misc c269-70; d652-53), letters to Sir Henry Wentworth Acland, 1st Bt, and family, 1840-1900 (Ref: MSS Acland), letters to George Allen, 1872-1888 (Ref: MS Eng lett d4), letters to John and Rawdon Lubbock Brown, 1846-1882( Ref: MS Eng lett d1), letters to Ada Dundas and her parents, 1879-1886 (Ref: MS Eng lett d138), letters to Alice C Owen, 1864-1876 (Ref: MS Eng lett e85), letters to Mark Pattison (Ref: MS Pattison 57), letters to George Richardson, 1860-1876 (Ref: MS Eng misc e182), letters to Smith, Elder and Co, 1859-1874 (Ref: MS Eng lett d168), correspondence with Sir John Gardner Wilkinson, 1858-1859 (Ref: MS Wilkinson dep d135), and letters, 1873-1888 (Ref: MS Eng lett d5); Strathclyde University Archives hold miscellaneous manuscripts; Columbia University Libraries, New York, contain letters to George Allen, 1859-1889 (Ref: NUC MS 62-239), and letters and literary manuscripts (Ref: NUC MS 65-1191); the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, has letters to James R Anderson, 1872-1888 (Ref: 60436); the Armitt Library and Museum Centre, Ambleside, contains letters to the Armitt family; the British Library, London, holds letters to Katherine Harris Bradley, 1875-1880 (Ref: Add MS 46867), correspondence with Rawdon Lubbock Brown, 1850-1881 (Ref: Add MS 36304), letters to Mary Gladstone, 1878-1887 (Ref: Add MS 46246), letters to Elizabeth Murray, 1887 (Ref: Add MS 37021); the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, USA, holds letters from Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (Ref: NUC MS 84-2135), letters from James Fround (Ref: NUC MS 84-2151); Nottinghamshire Archives have letters to Henrietta Carey, 1875-1885; the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh contains letters to Thomas Carlyle, 1855-1879 (Ref: MSS 555-6); the Brynmor Jones Library, Hull University, has letters, mainly to Fletcher, 1882-1887 (Ref: DP/8), and letters received by Ruskin, 1863-1889 (Ref: DP/7); St Andrews University Library holds letters to James David Forbes and George Hay Forbes, 1857-1874; Balliol College Library, Oxford University, has letters to Miss Fortescue and Sir Charles Thomas Newton, 1843-1860 (Ref: MS 414); Keswick Museum and Art Gallery contains letters to Jeanette Foster; the British Library of Political and Economic Science, London, holds letters to Frederic Harrison, 1865-1885 (Ref: Harrison 1/101); Trinity College Library, Cambridge University, has letters to Richard Monckton Miles, 1st Baron Houghton, [1840]; the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, contains letters to Adelaide Ironside, 1865; the National Maritime Museum holds letters to Robert Leslie, 1882-1889 (Ref: LBK/78); the West Sussex Record Office, Chichester, has correspondence with Frederick Augustus Maxse, 1869-1873 (Ref: Maxse Papers); Sheffield Archives contain letters, mainly to John F Moss relating to the Ruskin Museum, 1880-1883 (Ref: MD 6092); the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, holds letters, mainly to Charles Eliot Norton, 1854-1888, letters to William Roffe, 1883-1885 (Ref: NUC MS 81-631), and letters to Walter Severn; the Robinson Library, Newcastle-upon-Tyne University, has letters to Sir Walter Calverley Trevelyan, 6th Bt, and his wife Pauline, Lady Trevelyan, 1848-1866 (Ref: WCT); the Watts Gallery, Guildford, contains correspondence with George Frederic Watts, 1858-1886; the McLennan Library, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, holds letters to Elizabeth White and literary manuscripts, 1864-1884; the Hammersmith and Fulham Archives and Local History Centre, London, has letters to A[nna] Wickham (Ref: DD/178); the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center library, University of Texas at Austin, USA, contains correspondence and literary manuscripts, 1845-1890 (Ref: NUC MS 71-1909); Princeton University Library, New Jersey, USA, holds letters and literary manuscripts (Ref: NUC MS 60-1390); the Huntington Library, California, USA, has letters and literary manuscripts, 1839-1888; the University of Arizona Library, USA, contains letters, [1850-1879]; the William R Perkins Library, Duke University, North Carolina, USA, holds letters, 1855-1886; Boston Public Library, Massachusetts, USA, holds letters; literary papers are holds at the Rosenbach Museum and Gallery, Pennsylvania, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, Washington, USA; the Brotherton Library, Leeds University holds letters to Evelyn and Charlotte Noyes, 1862-1874.

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