Modern painters / by John Ruskin.

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PML 133379-80
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900.
London : Smith, Elder, and Co., 1856-1860.
5 v. : ill. ; 20 cm
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.

Modern Painters began as a counterattack on critics of the landscape paintings of J. M. W. Turner but grew into a magisterial treatise on art theory and aesthetics, containing stinging social commentary as well as salient observations on literature, philosophy, and religion. Ruskin's ideas greatly influenced the work of Victorian garden designers, such as William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll in England and Andrew Jackson Downing in America. The engraved frontispiece reproduces a Ruskin drawing, an ideal landscape in the Turnerian style.


Library has v. 3-4 only.
Vol. 4 partially unopened.
"London: Printed by Spottiswoode and Co., New-Street-Square"--v. 3, half t.p. verso.

T. Agnew & Sons, Manchester, embossed stamp (PML 133379 only); From the library of Gordon N. Ray.