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John Ruskin letter to Ellen Heaton, 1862 late November?

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: H.112
Call Number: MSS 46

Scope and Contents

Ruskin tells Heaton that he's feeling better but still unable to talk to anyone. He tells Heaton he has her Hughes work (That was a Piedmontese) and praises the work as "exquisitely beautiful in the face of the woman." Ruskin vows to never criticize work by a living man but goes on to say that Hughes has not been true to Elizabeth Barret Browning's poem A Court Lady by failing to make the subject's dress grand enough. Ruskin admonishes Heaton for being "absurd to think [she] knew better about literature or anything else than Rossetti." Ruskin says he will "relieve" Heaton of her Jones work and suggests that he will buy her a "pretty" picture of Jones's which the artist produced to raise money for "Manchester starving people." Ruskin enquires whether Turner's Ehrenbreitstein is at the home of Thomas Richmond and admits he has "a plan about it -- can't tell [Heaton] to day.". [Date provided by Surtees: Probably latter half of November 1862]


  • 1862 late November?


Physical Description

1 sheet (2 pages) : autograph letter signed ; 32 x 20 cm

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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