Leaf Study, after John Ruskin
Medium: Graphite and watercolor on paper mounted on blue paper
Dimensions: sheet: 8 7/8 × 5 1/4 in. (22.5 × 13.3 cm)
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund, 2008
About: This drawing comes from the collection of Mark Wilcox, a descendant of the founders of the American Arts and Crafts Community, “Byrdcliffe,” located in Woodstock, New York (1902-1929). Founded by Ralph and Jane Whitehead, both very much influenced by the writings of John Ruskin and the arts and crafts aesthetic of William Morris. Both lived in the UK and Europe for significant portions of time. This drawing is a copy of an extant drawing by John Ruskin. Although there is no documented record of an actual meeting, it has been suggested that Jane, like many artistically-minded ‘ladies’ of the age, may have taken drawing lessons from Ruskin.
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