Ruskin Letters

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Five letters of John Ruskin to the Rev Walter Lucas Brown on watercolour painting; letter to Miss Brown.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Ruskin was born 8 February 1819. He was educated privately, then went to Christ Church Oxford, otaining his BA 1842 and MA in 1843. He was Rede Lecturer at Cambridge in 1867, and Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford from 1870 to 1879 and 1882 to 1884. He was an honorary member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours, 1873. He was also a member of several foreign Academies. Ruskin produced numerous publications, many about painting and architecture. He died on 20 January 1900.

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Related Material

University College London Special Collections also holds seven letters of John Ruskin, 1847-[1850], among the papers of Samuel Rogers (Ref: SHARPE 16/13-22, 17/44); two letters to Edwin Chadwick and a letter from Chadwick to Ruskin [1872] (Ref: CHADWICK 1730).