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John Ruskin
BETWEEN VERONA AND VICENZA STOPPING AT THE RAILROAD
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John Ruskin
BETWEEN VERONA AND VICENZA STOPPING AT THE RAILROAD
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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John Ruskin
LONDON 1819 - 1900 BRANTWOOD
BETWEEN VERONA AND VICENZA STOPPING AT THE RAILROAD
Watercolor over pencil;
inscribed and dated lower left: Between Verona and Vicenza / stopping in Railroad - Feb. 24th 1852
201 by 381 mm; 7 7/8  by 15 in
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Provenance

Anne Dundas (1830-1913);
by family descent to the present owner

Exhibited

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

Literature

E.T. Cook and A. Wedderburn (eds.), The Works of John Ruskin (Library Edition), London, 1912, vol. 38, p. 302, no. 2041 

Catalogue Note

During their stay in Venice over 1851-52, Ruskin and his wife Effie attended the Radetzky Ball at Verona on 23 February and returned to Venice by the eleven o’clock train on 24 February. In a letter to her mother of 24/25 February on her return, Effie wrote that: 'We started for Venice at eleven … and were a pretty large party altogether … and chattered away very agreeably ... A Tube broke in front and we were kept from reaching Venice till five o’clock.'1 There must have been a stoppage on the Verona-Vicenza-Padua-Venice line, Ruskin using the opportunity to make the present drawing. 

In a postscript to a letter of 24 February to his father, Ruskin wrote that: "We had a delightful journey from Verona. I never saw Italy look more lovely - the snowy mountains against soft blue sky - and the purple hills below them clear in the early sunshine of the spring.' 

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

1. Mary Lutyens (ed.), Effie in Venice: Unpublished Letters of Mrs John Ruskin written from Venice between 1849-1852, London, 1963, pp. 276-77 
2. J.L. Bradley (ed.), Ruskin's Letters from Venice 1851-52, Yale, 1955, p. 197

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