RUSKIN, JOHN (1819-1900, art critic, author, poet, artist and social reformer)
Two cartes-de-visite images of Ruskin taken at the same sitting are in the N.P.G. dated 9 August 1882.
Signed photographs of Ruskin are scarce.
Walter Lucas Brown (?1778-1862), the recipient of the letters in the six following lots, was one of Ruskin's tutors at Christ Church, Oxford, who became rector of Wendlebury near Bicester, Oxfordshire. At Oxford, Brown taught Ruskin Greek, but he also had an interest in aesthetic conversation that endeared him to Ruskin. They had a lasting friendship, with Ruskin saying he 'was the only one of my old masters from whom I could or would receive guidance'; Brown was 'the recipient of a number of letters, perhaps the longest that Ruskin ever wrote' (Tim Hilton, John Ruskin, 'The Later Years'). They are among the best letters by Ruskin to have come on the market.