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Unto This Last: Two hundred years of John Ruskin, edited by Tim Barringer et al.

25 October 2019

Yale center for British Art, Paul Mellon collection, PR5079.D81892

Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museums, Gift of Samuel Sachs, 1919.504Study of Portal and Carved Pinnacles, Cathedral of St. Lô, Nor­mandy, 1848, by John Ruskin (1819-1900), although he was mistaken in thinking it a cathedral when he devoted three days of a four-day visit to the town laboriously sketching the church, says Unto This Last. The picture is on loan from Harvard for the Yale exhibitionUnto This Last: Two hundred years of John Ruskin, edited by Tim Barrin­ger, with Tara Contractor, Victoria Hepburn, Judith Stapleton. and Courtney Skipton Long (Yale, £40 (£36); 978-0-300-24641-4), is the scholarly hardback with 380 colour illustrations accompanying the current exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, in the United States, until 8 December. The frontispiece by Edward Burne-Jones (1833-98) and title page designed by William Morris (1834-96) for A Dream of John Ball and A King’s Lesson (Kelmscott Press, 1892) is one of the items included. Morris published work by Ruskin, having, with Burne-Jones, “pored over Ruskin’s writing, reading passage loud together at Oxford, in the 1850s”

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