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Chestnut Leaves

John Ruskin (British, 1819-1900)


Among Ruskin’s numerous drawings from nature are dozens of life-sized studies of leaf sprays. In order to train his eye and his hand, Ruskin would bring in a freshly gathered branch from out-of-doors and, while his father read aloud to him for a half an hour after breakfast, Ruskin would challenge himself to finish a full scale pen and ink drawing of the foliage and fill it in with rapid watercolor washes.

Purchased from William Ward through Alfred M. Brooks


Object Information

artist
John Ruskin (British, 1819-1900)
creation date
about 1870
materials
pen, ink and watercolor on white paper
dimensions
19 x 15 in.
mark descriptions
Signed on verso: J. Ruskin
accession number
13.453
credit line
John Herron Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs