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John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1855 November 8

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.18
Call Number: MSS 46

Scope and Contents

Ruskin comments on a variety of Rossetti works which Heaton might wish to purchase. He complains about Rossetti's penchant for throwing away his works or altering them so much that they develop "odd faults." Ruskin tells Heaton that although Rossetti's The Passover in the Holy Family was intended for him, Ruskin had planned to "give it up" for Heaton, that was until Rossetti altered it, and increased its price. Ruskin tells Heaton that Rossetti has begun a drawing for her but that it is "a most gloomy drawing - very grand - but dreadful.". He remarks that, if Heaton refuses the piece, Rossetti "may get into a bad humour" but states that "prudish people might perhaps think it not quite a young lady's drawing." Ruskin advises Heaton to inform him of her purchasing intentions as soon as possible and asks her to forgive him for keeping The Passover.


  • 1855 November 8


Physical Description

2 sheets, 1 folded (6 pages) : autograph letter signed ; 18 x 12 cm and 18 x 23 cm, folded to 18 x 12 cm

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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