Brantwood: View over Coniston Water.

Keith Hanley explains that Ruskin had first visited Coniston with his parents in 1824, when he was only five years old, and had made a drawing of the lakeside opposite the house in 1837, on one of his later visits. When he was ill in 1871, the lake became "a therapeutic symbol in his fevered state," so that when he bought Brantwood and set up house there, "he was turning back to the Romantic north of his early imagination" (26). To him, this was the "on the whole, the finest view I know in Cumberland or Lancashire" (qtd. in Hanley 26). He was to spend the last 28 years of his life here.

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Related Material


Hanley, Keith. "Edinburgh — London — Oxford — Coniston." Cambridge Companion to John Ruskin. Ed. Francis O'Gorman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 17-31.

John Ruskin's Home: Brantwood. Web. 3 September 2019.

Created 3 September 2019