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John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1855 November 12?

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.21
Call Number: MSS 46

Scope and Contents

Ruskin tells Heaton he has sent her the Rossetti works which he suggests she look at extensively but that she should "keep them locked up -- lest the one should be laughed at for its errors." He remarks that Rossetti's Francesca di Rimini is a "bold -- but perfectly true reading of Dante.". He tells Heaton that he is going to make Rossetti redo Guinevere & Lancelot "without mistakes" and that he will keep "the best of the two" and let Heaton have the other. Ruskin explains that Turner's Parnassus depicts a scene in the afternoon, not at noon and, in a postscript, remarks that the work's "immediate foreground shadows" are "indefensible ... [Turner] was very careless about scientific matters." [Date provided by Surtees: ? November 12th 1855]


  • 1855 November 12?


Physical Description

1 folded sheet (4 pages) : autograph letter signed ; 18 x 23 cm, folded to 18 x 12 cm

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From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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