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John Ruskin

John Ruskin (1819–1900)
View of Brugg
Watercolor and gouache, with pen and black ink, over pencil
8 x 10 3/8 in. (203 x 264 mm)
Purchased on the Charles Ryskamp Fund, with the special assistance of the Herzog Fund; 1994.11
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Ruskin had planned to write and illustrate a history of the Swiss people based on the architecture of their towns. He first visited Brugg on 27 May 1858, and wrote to his father of "making a little sketch from the rocks of some houses which looked somewhat as if they might tumble into the Rhine before I got back again." This drawing was completed during a later visit to Brugg in November, 1862. The Swiss history was never realized.

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