John Ruskin in the Watercolour Gallery
June - September 2017
Abbot Hall Art Gallery has a significant collection of watercolours, mainly from the second half of the eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth centuries, and many of the greatest watercolourists of these periods are represented in the Watercolour Gallery.
On display in the gallery now are 9 works on paper by John Ruskin (1819-1900), the celebrated Victorian art critic, social reformer, philanthropist, poet and artist.
There are over 50 works by Ruskin in our collection, and the new display comprises of a selection of some of the strongest amongst them.
Ruskin settled at Brantwood, Coniston, however, throughout his life he travelled regularly to Europe. On display are works made on these excursions, as well as at home in Scotland and at Brantwood.
Ruskin considered his works to be studies that supported his writing on art, however, today his works are recognised as some of the best of the period.
After September, the exhibition will change over to works by Percy Kelly.