Beautiful botanical drawings, paintings and literature by John Ruskin.
John Ruskin had a fondness for flowers. Not only did he view them as a lovely gift for the subjects of his romantic pursuits, but he also studied them through drawing, sketching and watercolour painting for many years. By combining artistic and scientific observation, he came to understand both their aesthetic ‘soul’ and their physical structure, an understanding which resulted in beautiful and highly accurate works of art.
John Ruskin: Ajuga repens, 1882
- Modern Painters: flora illustrations featured in Modern Painters + additional tree studies
- Flora of Chamouni: Ruskin’s studies of Alpine plants, pressed plants collected nr. Chamonix + associated notes/materials
- Proserpina: flora illustrations featured in Proserpina + additional studies of flowers and leaves
- Flora of Cumbria: an introduction to Geoffrey Halliday’s publication A Flora of Cumbria (1997), material from the Lancaster University Herbarium + Ruskin’s illustrations of Cumbrian plants
- Inspired by Ruskin and the plant world: contemporary artwork inspired by Ruskin’s botanical artwork and the plant world
John Ruskin: Diary, 1854