with inscription 'By John Ruskin MA. Wm Ward' (lower right, overmounted)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with touches of white on buff paper; and a subsidiary sketch (on the reverse)
17 1/8 x 11 7/8 in.
Price Realized £6,250http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5275426&sid=6ee873a5-dc23-4c92-9e6b-d9bf5527fbdd
Why did Ruskin's career as an artist never quite take off? There is nothing with being a critic, art historian, patron and connoisseur, but I wonder if he always had a niggling doubt about what life might have been like.. if only.
He was a drawer more than a complete artist and published a series of books on the art of drawing, though he did some good watercolours.
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