Christ Church, Oxford by John Ruskin (1819-1900). Watercolor. Source: Works, facing XXXV, 188. Scanned image and text by George P. Landow [This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.]

Whereas Ruskin's early drawings of architecture and later studies of trees and mountains show him following his own instructions to students at the close of the first volume of Modern Painters, this beautiful later work, which clearly reveals the influence of Turner, demonstrates that he never limited his ideas of non-student work to close imitation of nature.


Ruskin, John. Works, "The Library Edition." eds. E. T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn. 39 vols. London: George Allen, 1903-1912.

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