John Ruskin
  • Publisher National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and Paul Holberton Publishing, London
  • Size 21.5cm x 26cm

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer

Christopher Newall with contributions by Christopher Baker, Ian Jeffrey and Conal Shields

Known as a writer on art, architecture, nature, landscape, economics and history, John Ruskin (1819-1900) also produced extraordinary drawings and watercolours that offer insight into the workings of his mind and are testimony to the scrupulous attention he gave to everything that interested him. In his drawings, Ruskin revealed a range of emotional responses, from euphoric delight in pattern, colour and texture to utter despondency at what he came to perceive as the ultimate corruption of all things. Accompanying a landmark exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and National Galleries of Scotland in 2014, this book explores a private but hugely revealing aspect of Ruskin's creative life.

This exhibition will illustrate, with the finest examples, the range and quality of his drawn and painted work. Gothic palaces in Venice, wild and spectacular Scottish and Alpine landscapes, and minutely defined and brilliantly coloured birds and plants will all be highlights of the show at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, from 4 July to 28 September 2014.

It is especially fitting that John Ruskin: Artist and Observer should be showcased in Edinburgh, as Ruskin came from a Scottish family, visited Scotland many times, and was a passionate advocate for the beauty of its landscapes and literary heritage. Key episodes in his public and private life were enacted here.

376 pages, colour illustrations thoughout, soft cover in matt art paper.

Front Cover Rocks and Ferns in a Wood at Crossmount, Perthshire, 1847

£37.50

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