Bernese Oberland

John Ruskin (British, 1819-1900)

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As Ruskin hiked up the Lauterbrunnen Valley in June 1866, the screen of snow-capped alpine peaks known as the Bernese Oberland spread before him. He opened his sketchbook and across two facing pages created this panorama much in the spirit of Turner’s Swiss watercolors.

Ruskin had met Turner in 1841 and became a champion and major collector of the aging master. In later years Ruskin’s mind always turned to Turner when he found himself among Turner’s beloved Swiss Alps.

Object Information

artist
John Ruskin (British, 1819-1900)
creation date
1866
materials
watercolor over pencil on off-white paper
dimensions
5-1/2 x 17-3/8 in. (sheet)
6 x 18 in. (mount)
accession number
13.454
credit line
John Herron Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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