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John Ruskin

(1819-1900), Writer, artist and social reformer

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter associated with 80 portraits
One of the great thinkers and critics of the Victorian period, whose writings profoundly influenced attitudes to art, architecture and aesthetics; published 'Modern Painters', 1843-60, 'Seven Lamps of Architecture', 1849, and 'Stones of Venice' 1851-3; later turned to social and political problems, advocating socialistic reforms; keenly interested in science and an accomplished watercolourist. His unfinished autobiography, Praeterita is a highly selective account, and a radically different approach to autobiography, intended as an 'informal assemblage of memories'.

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John Ruskin, by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) - NPG P50

John Ruskin

by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
albumen print, 6 March 1875
NPG P50

John Ruskin, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 1053

John Ruskin

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1881
NPG 1053

John Ruskin, by Frederick Hollyer - NPG P1974

John Ruskin

by Frederick Hollyer
platinum print, 1894
NPG P1974

John Ruskin, by Leonida Caldesi - NPG x12957

John Ruskin

by Leonida Caldesi
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862
NPG x12957

John Ruskin, by Leonida Caldesi - NPG Ax7533

John Ruskin

by Leonida Caldesi
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862
NPG Ax7533

John Ruskin, by W. & D. Downey - NPG Ax14797

John Ruskin

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 29 June 1863
NPG Ax14797

William Bell Scott; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; John Ruskin, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x12959

William Bell Scott; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; John Ruskin

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 29 June 1863
NPG x12959

John Ruskin, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x12958

John Ruskin

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 29 June 1863
NPG x12958

William Bell Scott; John Ruskin; Dante Gabriel Rossetti, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x128797

William Bell Scott; John Ruskin; Dante Gabriel Rossetti

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, 29 June 1863
NPG x128797

William Bell Scott; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; John Ruskin, by W. & D. Downey - NPG Ax38133

William Bell Scott; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; John Ruskin

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 29 June 1863
NPG Ax38133

John Ruskin, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x13291

John Ruskin

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1867
NPG x13291

John Ruskin, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x13290

John Ruskin

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1867
NPG x13290

John Ruskin, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x35909

John Ruskin

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, (1867)
NPG x35909

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