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John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1855 late November

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.24
Call Number: MSS 46

Scope and Contents

Ruskin admits that he had not written about Heaton's latest commission for Rossetti as he assumed she would know he was pleased by it. He tells Heaton to keep both Rossettis as long as she likes. He tells her to send him the money for Rossetti's Rachel which will allow him to buy Rossetti's Francesca. Ruskin admits that Rossetti had offered to sell him the Francesca at a lower price but Ruskin insisted that he and Heaton be offered the same price. Ruskin has sent Heaton some works by Turner to answer her question "about Turner's trees." He tells Heaton that when she returns Rossetti's Francesca, she should send it to him, not Rossetti. He tells her that Paolo and Francesca should have been depicted as walking through hail, not fire, but that Rossetti "did'nt [sic] know how to do hail." [Date provided by Surtees: Latter part of November 1855]


  • 1855 late November


Physical Description

1 folded sheet (3 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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