W. B. Scott, John Ruskin, and D. G. Rossetti

William A. Downey

June 29, 1863

Albumen Print

Source: Works, facing 36.454

Downey made made this triple portrait during the same session at Rossetti's house (16 Cheyne Walk) he photographed Ruskin and Rossetti in Rossetti's painting chair. The photographer posed his subjects in Rossetti's garden (which Beerbohm so delightful caricatures). Maas comments: "Rossetti's handkerchief hangs out sloppily and he stands awkwardly; and, furthermore, Downely objected to the menacing way Ruskin held his stick." (Ruskin and His Circle, 24).

Scanned image and text by George P. Landow

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