By J. Bradley
The subject and scope of the chronology specialise in the existence (in naked define) and guides (in temporal order) of John Ruskin (1819-1900). As art-critic, social commentator, architectural pupil, geologist, botanist, water-colourist, lecturer, letter-writer and prose stylist, Ruskin stands forth as probably the pre-eminent Victorian polymath. His advocacy of paintings and artists, his braveness within the face of opposed, uninformed feedback and his enlightened compassionate perspectives of the human situation display Ruskin as 'not of an age yet for all time'. those attributes the Chronology endeavours to indicate.
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30 JR and ECGR spend a night at Reading and take tea with Mary Russell Mitford. July 1 (Sat) JR and ECGR at Oxford, where they spend two weeks with Dr Henry Acland and his wife, a time 'Effie' describes as 'a continual round of festivities'. 3 The young Ruskins attend Commemoration at the Sheldonian and the following morning breakfast at Christ Church, JR's former undergraduate residence. 13 JR and ECGR depart for Winchester where they meet the older Ruskins, after which they all proceed to Salisbury, remaining until the last day of the month.
Rate account in The Times of 2 August. 25 Writing Pauline Trevelyan, EeGR describes JR's looking through the myriad drawings left in JMWT's house. 26 ECGR finds their current home 'inconceivably Cockney'. again raising the Roman spectre at Denmark Hill. The newly converted Lord and Lady Feilding (sic) try at this time to interest JR in Catholicism. Lady Eastlake dines with the older Ruskins and later avers they are kinder to ECGR than heretofore. With characteristic exaggeration she also claims they 'look to her to keep their son from going through some Ruskin labyrinth to Rome'.
19-27 Spends about a week at Rheinfelden seeking, as in other places, the scenes of JMWT's drawings and so informs JJR in letters of 19 and 20 May. 28 At Bremgarten, then termed 'the Swiss Nuremberg'. 29 At Zug, where JR writes to his father of his profound pleasure in Switzerland and celebrates the peace and pastoral beauty of its countryside. June 3 (Thurs)-8 From Brunnen, where JR overwhelms his father with a letter teeming with Swiss historical facts. 1858 47 9-10 At Fluelen, where JR meets the painter J.