Ruskin's Botanical Drawings

John Ruskin, Flower studies: Common Self-heal, RF1270,  © Ruskin Foundation

Ruskin, John (1819-1900)

Flower studies: Common Self-heal
Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour
9.5 x 12.2 cm

RF 1270


There is a chapter on this plant (Prunella vulgaris, which Ruskin called 'Brunella') in Vol. II, Chapter V of Proserpina (1882). Ruskin described a carpet of wild flowers seen at Yewdale in August 1876: "first the most precious brown, touched with gold and dark green; then russet lines over this, and finally the blue of the Brunella to subdue the glow, and yet perfect it"

These sketches are of complete and dissected flower heads of the native grassland plant, Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris L.), a member of the Deadnettle family (Lamiaceae), a family written about extensively by Ruskin in Proserpina

See also RF 1278

This entry was researched and written by Professor David Ingram.