The Towers of Fribourg, Switzerland
Date: 1856
Medium: Pen, black ink, and watercolor over graphite heightened with white on blue paper
Dimensions: sheet: 14 5/8 × 9 5/8 in. (37.1 × 24.4 cm) frame: 22 3/8 × 17 in. (56.8 × 43.2 cm)
Credit Line: F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund, 2018
Object Number: 2018-8
About: In John Ruskin’s art criticism he wrote of the importance of close observation, advice which resonated with the young painters of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Fribourg was one of Ruskin’s favorite towns in Switzerland. He visited on several occasions, staying for several weeks in 1894, when this drawing must have been made. It illustrates Ruskin’s ability to capture both precise detail and vivid impression.
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