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.”