Portrait Study of John Ruskin
Medium: Red and black chalk on grey-blue laid watermarked paper
Dimensions: 7 13/16 × 6 in. (19.8 × 15.3 cm)
frame: 13 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (34.3 × 29.8 cm)
Credit Line: F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund, 2019
About: This drawing of John Ruskin, the Victorian art critic, painter, and champion of the young Pre-Raphaelites when they were being scorned by the press, was one of two studies for a portrait commissioned by the sitter’s father. George Richmond was a slightly older contemporary of the PRB members. Although he began as a landscape painter in the circle around William Blake, later in life he turned to the portrait painting, the genre that he is best known. This drawing captures the youth and ambition of Ruskin in a way that the finished portrait did not.
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