Tag Archives: John Ruskin

Celebrated Private Galleries

Art collecting in mid-Victorian London Mrs Anna Jameson produced her Companion to the Most Celebrated Private Galleries of Art in London in 1844. In some ways it is a cut-and-paste job: she lists all the pictures which could be viewed … Continue reading

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The Built Environment

We are building up a nice collection of books about buildings (ho ho), and it’s interesting to note how, as the nineteenth century progressed, discerning travellers, at home and abroad, started focussing on the buildings they encountered, at least as … Continue reading

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The Nature of Gothic

Another surprise best-seller (in our modest definition of the phrase) has been Pugin’s Contrasts (or, to give it its full title, Contrasts: Or, A Parallel between the Noble Edifices of the Middle Ages and Corresponding Buildings of the Present Day). … Continue reading

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Virtual Museums

I’ve recently been given links to two interesting websites. Both function effectively as virtual museums, bringing together collections of artefacts and displaying them as they existed at one point in time, before the temporary exhibition was dispersed as had always … Continue reading

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Emerging From The Archives

Just back from Venice, where a surreal moment was provided by a group of Estonians in full art-folkloric fig in Campo S. Stefano, where presumably they had been singing and/or dancing on a temporary stage raised against the church wall. Him Indoors … Continue reading

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