Ruskin on Pictures; Turner at the National Gallery and in Mr. Ruskin's Collection Volume 1

Ruskin on Pictures; Turner at the National Gallery and in Mr. Ruskin's Collection Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... four other foreign subjects. There was no foreign subject exhibited, or, as far as I know, painted, by him before that year; so that the six paintings from Continental scenery all at once, must surely be the expression of a burst of enthusiasm on first going abroad. I think, therefore, that I cannot be wrong in supposing the journey to have taken place in the autumn of 1802 (it was autumn, for one of the exhibited pictures was the " Festival upon the opening of the Vintage of Mafcn ") / but I will not venture to say that these pencil drawings were made on the spot, or even in that year. They are of very peculiar character, much more formal and complete than his sketches from nature were usually (if ever); and have been, it seems to me, finished after returning home,1 with some reference to the taste of the public, or of his patrons; perhaps, in some cases, to show beforehand the plan of some prepared picture. The subject, No. 539 (a), for instance, is the original idea of a large water-colour drawing, executed for Sir John Swinburne, and still 1858 in his possession. It adds to the difficulty of defining the precise nature of these drawings, that they had been all purchased from Turner, and mounted, in a more orderly fashion than, as far as I know, he ever achieved in business of this kind, in a large folio volume. The title was, however, written beneath each subject in Turner's hand, and in Turner s French, of which I give a specimen or two literatim. The volui/ie had come to sale, and been bought back by Turner; it retains still its auction ticket. The drawings have sustained terrible injury already by friction in the play of the massy volume, being in some cases nearly half effaced; so that it was absolutely necessary to arrange them in...show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236663411
  • 9781236663412