Old Houses and Tower, Rouen

John Ruskin


Pencil, ink, watercolor, and bodycolor

Collection: Ruskin Foundation, Ruskin Library, Lancaster University

Stephen Wildman comments that this drawing was made during “ the long winter tour of 1840-41 undertaken by Ruskin, with his parents, for the benefit of his health. One of their first stops, at the end of September 1840, was at Rouen. To the crumbly architectural details in pencil and ink, dabs of white highlight are skilfully added, along with broad washes, in a manner associated with topographical artists such as David Roberts (1796-1864).”

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