John Ruskin: Artist and Observer

National Gallery of Canada

14 February – 11 May

http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/exhibitions/upcoming/details/john-ruskin-artist-and-observer-6859

The Ruskin Foundation is a major lender to this exhibition, which will also be shown at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh from 4 July − 28 September 2014

http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/john-ruskin

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John Ruskin – Photographer and Draughtsman

The Ruskin Library has loaned 40 drawings and photographs to this exhibition

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Watts Gallery, Compton, near Guildford

4 February to 1 June 2014

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/gallery-exhibition/04-02-2014/john-ruskin

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‘The Master’s Hand’: drawings by G.F. Watts

27 January – 17 April 2014

The Ruskin Library is swapping exhibitions with the Watts Gallery at Compton, near Guildford.  Established in 1904, the Gallery reached the final of the BBC2 Restoration series in 2006 and has since undergone major refurbishment.  It commemorates the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817-1904), recognised at home and abroad as a painter who could preach eternal truths and provoke social reform.  A lifelong friend of John Ruskin, he was a versatile painter and sculptor who has been called ‘England’s Michelangelo,’ achieving fame in several genres: history painting; symbolic representations of profound themes, such as Hope; portraits of leading writers, artists and politicians (especially in his ‘Hall of Fame’ series); and powerful sculptures, from Clytie to Physical Energy.

Watts was a superb draughtsman, and the new Ruskin Library exhibition consists of 40 drawings covering all aspects and periods of his work, from youthful exercises and Italian landscapes to preparatory studies for some of his most famous paintings, including Love and Death and The All-Pervading.  Portrait drawings include one of the actress Ellen Terry, whom Watts married in 1864, and Mrs Leslie Stephen, mother of Virginia Woolf.

In return, the Ruskin Foundation has lent 20 drawings and 20 daguerreotype photographs to the Watts Gallery, for an exhibition John Ruskin – Photographer and Draughtsman, which runs from 4 February to 1 June.

http://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/gallery-exhibition/04-02-2014/john-Ruskin

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G.F. Watts: Study for Clytie. (c) Watts Gallery
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‘Fragments of Nature’

A new exhibition at the Ruskin Library, running until 13th December

Carrying on from the successful ‘natural world’ themed exhibitions, ‘Ruskin’s Flora’ (2011) and ‘Sketching from Nature’ (2008) we return once again to this rich and wonderful theme. ‘Fragments of Nature’ revisits elements of drawing from the natural world, looking at the joy of landscape as well as detailed studies of flora and fauna. Included in the exhibition are drawings by John Ruskin, his family, and friends. Sketches and notes from private letters and diaries will also be included along with less frequently exhibited works from the collection.

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/users/ruskinlib/Pages/fragments.html

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Library Edition of the Works of John Ruskin

Volumes 22, 23, 24 and 26 have all recently been added to the website

http://www.lancs.ac.uk/users/ruskinlib/Pages/Works.html

Only volumes 31 and 34 remain to be done

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Ruskin Bibliographies

John Ruskin, by an unknown artist

John Ruskin, by an unknown artist

Updated versions of Stephen Wildman’s Bibliographies are now available on the website – including one for works published in 2013.

http://www.lancs.ac.uk/users/ruskinlib/Pages/bibliog.html

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Library Edition of the Works of John Ruskin

Volume XXI – The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford – is now available online.
http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/ruskinlib/Ruskin%20Art%20Collection

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