By J. Bradley
The topic and scope of the chronology concentrate on the lifestyles (in naked define) and guides (in temporal order) of John Ruskin (1819-1900). As art-critic, social commentator, architectural pupil, geologist, botanist, water-colourist, lecturer, letter-writer and prose stylist, Ruskin stands forth as maybe the pre-eminent Victorian polymath. His advocacy of artwork and artists, his braveness within the face of adverse, uninformed feedback and his enlightened compassionate perspectives of the human exhibit Ruskin as 'not of an age yet for all time'. those attributes the Chronology endeavours to signify.
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28 Outlines his typical day to his father. 29 Is angry at some reviews of Pre-Raphaeliiism. 30 Invites David Roberts to dinner. October 3 (Fri) Sends JJR a spirited account of the visiting Austrian Emperor's progress dOW11 the Grand Canal. 5 A letter of 28 September from JJR prompts an epistolary exchange of family views on notions of sacrifice, righteousness, conduct and wickedness with the correspondence generously larded with biblical quotations and allusion. 14 Writes JJR about his 'sleepless nights', complaining that since 1845 'I never felt ...
18/19 Sends his friend and supporter F. J. Furnivall a few barbed, defensive comments on his failed marriage. 30 Again, from Chamonix, JR views and draws Mont Brevent and adjacent 'splintery peaks'. In this area lie many favourite ascents taken with Couttet. September-December By late September 1854 the Ruskins are ready to return to England and early October finds them ensconced at Denmark Hill with JR abiding by his old habits and customs. Future months will be spent writing MPIII and MPIV; but, ironically perhaps, JR visits rather more widely than heretofore: he spends a few days in the Reading area with Mary Russell Mitford and passes much of tILe latter part of the month in Oxford with the Aclands as Sir Henry urges his interest in an Oxford Museum of Natural History.
A period of fraternisation - or armed truce -r between these two 'difficult' gentlemen seems attainable. over essentially to JR's intensive work on the countless drawings comprising the Turner Bequest. However, he lectures occasionally (to a school of art and to the Arundel Society), commemorates the minor Pre-Raphaelite painter Thomas Seddon (6 May), is peripherally involved in the 'battle of the styles' of new government buildings, and publishes The Elements ojDrauiing (22 June), a by-product of his Working Men's College duties.
A Ruskin Chronology by J. Bradley