John Ruskin: Chamonix, looking towards the Glacier des Bois 1849

Power of the Hills: Ruskin's Mountains

18 April - 23 September 2016

The magic of mountain landscapes, as captured by John Ruskin.

To John Ruskin, mountains were powerful evidence of a living Earth and a great inspiration. His fascination with them led him to reach a detailed understanding of their nature, through his own work as well as his reading of Wordsworth and his discovery of the work of J.M.W. Turner.

John Ruskin: Copy of Turner’s ‘Goldau’, 1855

This exhibition displayed some of Ruskin’s finest drawings and watercolours of mountain landscapes, from his childhood visits to the Alps in the 1830s to his tours in the 1860s in Turner’s footsteps. Also exhibited were subjects in and around his later home at Brantwood in the Lake District.‌

John Ruskin: Mountain Landscape, c. 1850s-60s