The Elements of Drawing, John Ruskin’s teaching collection at Oxford

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Fragment of an Etching of William Holman Hunt's "The Light of the World" anonymous British

  • Details

    Artist/maker
    anonymous British (Anonymous (British)) (engraver)
    after William Holman Hunt (1827 - 1910)
    Object type
    print
    Material and technique
    etching on wove paper
    Dimensions
    254 x 476 mm (sheet)
    Associated people
    anonymous British Anonymous (British) (publisher)
    Inscription
    Recto:
    top right, engraved and largely erased: Etching London, Published Septr. 1st. 1859 by E. Gam[...] 25 Br[...]
    on the left-hand vertical line which runs off the top edge, in graphite, scrawled: f [?]
    on the right-hand vertical line which runs off the top edge, in graphite, scrawled: fu [?]
    on the horizontal line which runs off the right edge, in graphite, scrawled: f

    Verso:
    top left, in graphite: 2
    right of centre, in graphite: E 2
    just below centre, the Ruskin School's stamp
    Provenance

    Presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), 1875; transferred from the Ruskin Drawing School to the Ashmolean Museum, c.1949.

    No. of items
    1
    Accession no.
    WA.RS.ED.002
  • Subject terms allocated by curators:

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  • References in which this object is cited include:

    References

    Ruskin, John, ‘The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogues, Notes and Instructions’, Edward T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds, The Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition, 39 (London: George Allen, 1903-1912), 21, cat. Educational no. 2

    Ruskin, John, ‘Educational Series 1878’, 1878, Oxford, Oxford University Archives, cat. Educational no. 2

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Spottiswoode, 1874), cat. Educational no. 2

    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of the Educational Series (London: Smith, Elder, 1871), cat. Educational no. 2

Location

    • Western Art Print Room

Position in Ruskin’s Collection

Ruskin's Catalogues

  • Ruskin's Educational series, 1st ed. (1871)

    2 Behold, I stand at the door. ( Holman Hunt ). E
  • Ruskin's Educational series, 2nd ed. (1874)

    2. Behold, I stand at the door. (Holman Hunt). E
  • Educational, manuscript (1878)

    R 2.

    This is not placed here for its actual merit as a work of art, but as representing the first effort made recently in England to found all Art upon Faith, now as heretofore in every School which has true life. This etching shows more clearly than the finished Engraving how flawless and complete the rendering of every detail is in the Picture itself: and the completion of every detail, remember, is required by the Laws of Fésole, as the first condition of sincere art, nor is it E. ever wanting in the work of any great religious Painter. The angular and broken character of the vegetation in this back-ground is, however, a fault necessitated by some points of a resolute character in the Painter, which enabled him to overcome the resistance at first made to the principles on which he laboured, but afterwards was gravely injurious to the design of all his pictures. Perfectly beautiful art can only be produced by the help of Sympathy and with the reward of giving pleasure. Reproach provokes a Painter's faults and want of sympathy freezes his virtues.

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