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John Ruskin
STUDY OF A SHELL
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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160
John Ruskin
STUDY OF A SHELL
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings

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John Ruskin
LONDON 1819 - 1900 BRANTWOOD
STUDY OF A SHELL
Watercolor over pencil, heightened with bodycolor;
signed lower right: J.R., inscribed lower left by Anne Dundas: Original study by Mr Ruskin / ADundas. [sic] / bought fr [from] William Ward – 1892 -
144 by 169 mm; 5 5/8  by 6 5/8  in
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Provenance

William Ward (1829-1908);
from whom acquired by Anne Dundas (1830-1913);
by family descent to the present owner

Exhibited

On loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1913-2018)

Catalogue Note

With a refined and pared down palette, Ruskin depicts his subject in actual size. As is characteristic of these studies from nature, which date to the late 1860s and early 1870s, Ruskin has taken immense care to record every detail of the shell, possibly an ark clam, in thick bodycolor and translucent watercolor.

The inscription indicates that William Ward, one of Ruskin's most talented pupils at the Working Men's College in London, once owned this sheet.

We are grateful to Professor Stephen Wildman for his help when cataloguing this lot.

Old Master Drawings

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New York