1856 - 1940
BUST OF JOHN RUSKIN
signed and dated: Conrad Dressler / 1886, the base inscribed: RUSKIN. and with a plaque to the base inscribed: PRESENTED BY / E.H. BLAKENEY M.A. / 1945
painted terracotta, on a wood base
bust: 42cm., 16½in.
base: 19cm., 7½in.
Overall the condition of the terracotta is good, with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is paint to the surface throughout which might obscure some condition points including old breaks. There are a few minor chips, including to the edges of the truncation and the high points of the tie. There are minor losses to the paint to the hair at the parting and to the forehead and both eyebrows. There are a few stable original casting fissures to the back. There are a few scuff marks to the nose and moustache. There is particular dirt to the crevices.
There are some slightly open but stable joints to the wood base, and there is minor evidence of past worming.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by
Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Winchester Library, until 1977;
private collection, United Kingdom
Ruskin sat for Dressler in 1883-1884. The original clay bust was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1885 and three plaster casts, each signed and dated 1885, were made. A bronze reduction is in the National Portrait Gallery (inv. no. NPG 2030).