Between 1854 and 1866 Ruskin worked intermittently on a series of drawings of Swiss towns. He intened to use them for a projected history of Switzerland. This watercolour may have been made in relation to the project.

  • Purchased through the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 1905.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Ruskin -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Ruskin Exhibition
376 Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour, London 1901-02-04 - 1901-03-02
Ruskin Watercolours and Drawings
23 Arts Council Touring Exhibition 1954 - 1954
Peintures et Aquarelles Anglaises 1700-1900 du Musée de Birmingham
112 Musée de Lyon 1966-10-23 - 1966-11-20
John Ruskin: The Last Chapter
- Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield 1989-09-02 - 1989-12-22
Magnificent Switzerland: Views by Foreign Artists 1770-1914
76 Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation, Villa Favorita, Lugano 1991-08-01 - 1991-10-21
76 Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva 1991-11-14 - 1992-02-02
The Art of Seeing: John Ruskin and the Victorian Eye
- Phoenix Art Gallery, USA 1993-03-06 - 1993-05-23
- Indianapolis Museum of Art 1993-06-22 - 1993-08-29


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Works of Ruskin, XVII, Political Economy: Unto this last, Munera Pulveris, etc.
Alexander Wedderburn, E T Cook 1905 George Allen, London repr. pl. 7 facing p. lxxvi
Works of Ruskin, XXXVIII, Catalogue of Drawings
Alexander Wedderburn, E T Cook 1912 George Allen, London p. 261, no. 972
The Art of Seeing: John Ruskin and the Victorian Eye
1993 Phoenix Art Gallery, USA p. 16, repr. fig. 9


Presented to Sir John Simon by the artist; his sale, 1904 (26 gns).

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Name Type
Lauffenburg, Switzerland Depicted

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