View towards Brantwood from the lodge.

Once settled in Brantwood, Ruskin was very far from either neglecting his larger life as Slade Professor at Oxford, or living the life of a recluse while at home. On the contrary, he exercised a considerable influence in both areas. At home in Brantwood, he not only made various additions to the house itself, and devised terraced gardens in the grounds attached to it, but took an active part in community life — calling on neighbours, visiting and talking at the local school, paying for a stained-glass window in the Catholic church, campaigning for footpaths, helping to fend off incursions by the railways, and so on. Characteristically, it was he who inspired Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley to set up the Keswick School of Industrial Art about twenty miles away (see Hanley 29).

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Related Material


"Brantwood: Home of John Ruskin." GoLakes (Official website of the Lake District, Cumbria). Web. 3 September 2019.

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 4 September 2019