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John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1855 mid-November?

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.23
Call Number: MSS 46

Scope and Contents

Ruskin tells Heaton he will send her requested photographs alongside the bill for them. He remarks that Rossetti's Rachel shows the dangers of commissioning specific scenes for the artist as "he never would fail in a subject of his own choice.". He thinks that Rachel's face is very beautiful and is "spoiled only by [sic] small underlip." He tells Heaton that it is a portrait of Elizabeth Siddall. He praises the work's use of colour. Ruskin asks Heaton if she has a copy of his "PreRaphaelitism" pamphlet which gives an account of Turner's destroyed Brignall Church. Ruskin tells Heaton that while the Arthur Hughes's painting is "very beautiful" she would do better to become a patron of Rossetti's work. [Date provided by Surtees: Probably mid-November 1855]


  • 1855 mid-November?


Physical Description

1 folded sheet (3 pages) : autograph letter signed ; 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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