We have recently received the sad news of the death, on November 7th, of Van Akin Burd.
In the history of Ruskin scholarship, Van Burd takes the palm for longevity, having published over six decades since his first article on Modern Painters in 1953. His final piece, in the Spring 2014 Ruskin Review and Bulletin, is undoubtedly unique in the bibliography as the work of a centenarian.
Outstanding among Van’s achievements are the three great editions of letters which not only brought some of Ruskin’s most interesting correspondence to a wide audience but brilliantly illuminated three phases of his life: the young man of genius, in The Ruskin Family Letters, 1801-1843 (1973); the eccentric but passionate educator and nympholept, in The Winnington Letters (1969); and the saddened sage mourning for lost love, in Christmas Story: John Ruskin’s Venetian Letters of 1876-77 (1990). Each edition is shot through with Van’s reverence for his subject combined with modesty, humanity and humour: precision with just a hint of mischief.
Ruskin once said of Americans that ‘as a nation, they are wholly undesirous of rest, and incapable of it.’ He could not have imagined how prophetic those words would be in describing one of the most dedicated not just of Ruskin scholars, but of true Ruskinians. May he now rest in peace.
Open until 11 December 2015
‘Ever Present Help: Ruskin’s Artists’ includes a comprehensive display of the work of Victorian artists, famous and obscure, who assisted Ruskin at different times throughout his life. The Whitehouse Collection holds a wealth of work by artists who worked closely with Ruskin including Albert Goodwin, John Wharlton Bunney, John Everett Millais, TM Rooke, Angelo Alessandri, Arthur Severn, Edward Burne Jones, WG Collingwood and many more. This wonderful exhibition is packed full of colour and information on Ruskin and his artist helpers.
Arthur Severn: The Salute, Venice, showery weather
John Ruskin, Red Tower, Fribourg (1856)
The Ruskin Library is taking part in Heritage Open Days again this year and will be open between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 12th September.
There will be still life drawing materials available all day in the gallery with a lovely selection of natural objects to chose from. Try your hand at copying some of John Ruskin’s tower drawings or sketches, or just come and look at our lovely current exhibition ‘Towers and Turrets’.
Ruskin’s famous full size copy of Botticelli’s ‘Zipporah’ (1874)
travels to Berlin to feature in The Botticelli Renaissance at the Gemäldegalerie, Kulturforum, 24 September 2015 – 24 January 2016.
The exhibition will then travel to the V&A in London and will open as Botticelli Reimagined 5 March 2016 – 3 July 2016. The exhibition will explore the ways that artists and designers have reinterpreted Botticelli. It will include over 50 original works by Botticelli, alongside works by artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, René Magritte, Elsa Schiaparelli, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.
The latest edition of the Ruskin Review and Bulletin is now available! It includes Sara Stevenson writing on Philip Gilbert Hamerton and Malcolm Hardman’s ‘Who is Silvia?’.
To subscribe, go to http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/ruskin/research/publications.htm
or, if you want to buy this edition only, please contact the Ruskin Library.
We’re pleased to say that the Gallery is now open again!
Until May 27 – Returned Triumphant: loans to the exhibition ‘John Ruskin, Artist and Observer
Opening June 1 – Towers and Turrets