John Ruskin - Art, Society and Ideology

The Ruskin Collection

The Ruskin Collection, also known as the Guild of St George Collection, was originally formed as an educational resource for the people of Sheffield. It was first displayed in the Museum of St George at Walkley in 1875.

Over 900 paintings, watercolours and drawings by artists such as Thomas Matthew Rooke, John Wharlton Bunney, Charles Fairfax Murray and Ruskin himself, provide a visual record of images central to Ruskinís mind and thoughts.

The Ruskin Gallery contains a unique collection of minerals, paintings, drawings, ornithological prints, Medieval manuscripts, books and architectural plaster casts assembled by John Ruskin. Ruskin was famous for ripping pages out of his manuscripts to show his students at Oxford while lecturing there. The collection, owned by the Guild of St. George, is known as the Ruskin Collection, and cared for by Museums Sheffield.

Items on display range from the small to the large. The jewel like colours in a single peacock feather are picked up in water-colours displayed alongside. Detailed drawings of architectural features and landscape views illustrate the skill of the craftsman and the beauty of nature. The front of Rouen Cathedral is recreated in large panels enlarged from photographs taken by Ruskin.

The Ruskin Collection is a unique snapshot of the 19th Century that remains relevant to the modern world, illustrating the enduring legacy of Ruskinís ideas.

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