18 April – 23 September 2016
Power of Hills: Ruskin’s Mountains
Some of Ruskin’s finest drawings and watercolours of mountain landscape, from childhood visits to the Alps in the 1830s to tours undertaken in the 1860s in the footsteps of Turner, and subjects in and around his later home at Brantwood in the Lake District.
This drawing of Mount Vesuvius is from 1841 – in a diary entry for 10 January he writes: “there was no wind, and the air quite mild. Vesuvius lay under a pall of white clouds, its own smoke mixing with them in magnificent changing volumes.”
The first annual Ruskin Society Book of the Year award was presented at the Society’s AGM on 6 February. It was presented to Ken and Jenny Jacobson, authors of ‘Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin’s Lost Daguerreotypes’, published by Bernard Quaritch Ltd. The book brings together the 125 from the Whitehouse Collection, now housed at Lancaster University, and a collection of 188 which turned up at an auction in Penrith in 2006.
Life Distilled: Ruskin and Still Life
Until April 1 2016
Still life – the arrangement of objects, especially flowers and fruit, in a careful composition – has never featured highly in the hierarchy of categories of art, yet it has always been popular, and remains so to this day.
This exhibition of works by Ruskin and his associates, includes items loaned by the Walker Gallery (National Museums Liverpool); the Whitworth Art Gallery (University of Manchester); Museums Sheffield (Guild of St George, Ruskin Collection); the Ruskin Museum, Coniston; the Brantwood Trust, and a private collector.
For further details see http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/users/ruskinlib/Pages/still%20life.html
We hope to see you in the New Year for our Exhibitions and a new programme of Seminars. And, of course, we’ll continue to post details of other locations to see our drawings, new publications and other events.
Ruskin Library Staff