New publication from the Ruskin Library

New Publication from the Ruskin Library

‘It cannot be better done’: John Ruskin and Albrecht Durer

A revised version of Stephen Wildman’s Inaugural Lecture, May 2009 (Professor of History of Art, Lancaster University).

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Ruskin Review and Bulletin – Spring 2016

The latest edition of the Ruskin Review and Bulletin (Spring 2016, volume 12/1) is now available.

It includes articles by Andrew Hill and David Ingram, and a tribute to Van Akin Burd by James S. Dearden.

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Power of Hills: Ruskin’s Mountains

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.”

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Life Distilled: Ruskin and Still Life – catalogue

The catalogue for this exhibition is now available from Lancaster University Online Store –


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Ruskin Society Book Prize 2015 – update

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.

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Ruskin Review and Bulletin – Autumn 2015

The new edition – issue 11/2 – Autumn 2015 – is now available. The articles are on a variety of subjects, including Alan Davis (writing on artist Briony Carke) and Dinah Birch.

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Life Distilled: Ruskin and Still Life

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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.

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