27. Ruskin and Folkestone

Between August and October 1887 Ruskin convalesced in Folkestone. He purchased some drawings of the town as it looked earlier in the century, but resisted appeals to give them to the local museum. This blog sheds new light on the episode. RUSKIN AND FOLKESTONE Ruskin...

26. The Allegory of Good Government

In my last blog, I implored you to “come back soon” only to keep you waiting for far too long. Having recovered from a recent bout of illness, I’m now ready to share what I described before as “an intriguing account of one of Ruskin’s digger-breakfasts at Corpus”. THE...

25. Breakfast with Ruskin (1)

As the 203rd anniversary of Ruskin’s birth comes upon us, it seems natural to wonder what Ruskin was really like. We might like to ask ourselves how we would have felt had we met him ourselves? Stuart Eagles explores what some of the Oxford students thought of Ruskin...

24. The Ruskinian Serviteers

In my first Ruskin Research Blog of 2022, I look back on a set of proposals made a hundred years ago. Inspired by Ruskin, the plan, conceived in Sheffield, appears to have escaped the attention of Ruskin scholars until now. Although the scheme came to nought in the...

23. A Ruskinian Christmas

As many of us around the globe find ourselves trying, for a second year running, to meet the challenge of Covid as we prepare for Christmas, let’s look back to a delightful episode in the life of John Ruskin. A RUSKINIAN CHRISTMAS To Dr Kay Walter, Dedicated Teacher,...

22. The Ruskinian Builder

Among the earliest Companions of Ruskin’s Guild of St George were two eminent citizens of Scotland’s “granite city”. James Walker will form part of the story that follows, but this blog will focus on his friend, THE RUSKINIAN BUILDER: JOHN MORGAN OF ABERDEEN John...