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N02242 JOHN RUSKIN 1885
Inscr. ‘Conrad Dressler 1885’ b.r.
Terracotta, 16×12×11 (41×30×28).
Presented by T. Thornton 1902.
Exh: New Gallery, summer 1888 (320).
Lit: M. H. Spielmann, ‘The Portraits of John Ruskin’ in Magazine of Art, 1891, pp.122–3, repr. p.124; M. H. Spielmann, British Sculpture and Sculptors of To-day, 1901, p.86, repr. p.87; The Works of John Ruskin, Library Edition, XXXVII, 1912, p. 604, and XXXVIII 1912, pp.211–12.
Modelled at Brantwood in the spring of 1885. The artist wrote in 1912 that staying with Ruskin at Coniston made him a confirmed idealist: ‘His art teaching was lost upon me, but his spiritual teaching still illuminates my life.’ The sculptor afterwards made a bronze bust of him with a longer beard. This is dated 1903 and was presented to the Ruskin Memorial Hall at Bournville.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I