John Ruskin, H.R.W.S. (1819-1900)
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John Ruskin, H.R.W.S. (1819-1900)

View of the Kapellbrucke, with the Lake of Lucerne beyond

Details
John Ruskin, H.R.W.S. (1819-1900)
View of the Kapellbrucke, with the Lake of Lucerne beyond
with inscription 'by John Ruskin/given by him to me/Joan Ruskin Severn' (on the reverse)
pencil and brown ink and watercolour, heightened with white, on buff paper
5¾ x 9¾ in. (14.6 x 24.7 cm.)
Provenance
Joan Ruskin Severn, a gift from the artist.
with Agnew's, London.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London 7 April 1992, lot 194, where purchased by the present owner.
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Lot Essay

The drawing on the verso appears to date to circa 1846 on account of its closeness in style to a drawing of that year in the Ruskin Library, Lancaster, RF1377; Lucerne- walls and towers, dated 31 August [1846]. The recto could also be of the same date or perhaps later. Ruskin had commissioned a finished watercolour of Lucerne, seen from the same direction but from further away, from J.M.W. Turner R.A. (1775-1851) only a few years earlier, in 1842. Joan Severn was Ruskin's cousin.

We are grateful to James S. Dearden and Stephen Wildman for their help in preparing this catalogue entry.
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