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Skull of an ibis
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Skull of an ibis


John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Width: 25.5 cm; Height: 17.9 cm;

Inscription, Study for notes to Loves Meinie / J.Ruskin. 1874 //
Inscription, Ibis
Inscription, 778 / 776 / 92^1 //
Inscription, Fusit
Collector's mark, collector's mark of Sir Robert Witt (L.2228b)

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
Although a great admirer of Bewick's work, Ruskin took a more analytical approach to nature. In his drawings he sought to show the underlying structure of the natural world, believing that in representing animals an artist should 'know how they are spotted, wrinkled, furred and feathered, and what the look of them is in the eyes'. These precise studies of birds' skeletons were made at the British Museum in 1874 in connection with 'Love's Meinie', a series of lectures on Greek and English birds published between 1873 and 1881. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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