This early study appears to have been executed when Ruskin was a boy. It depicts the view from his aunt's house in Croydon. In his memoirs Ruskin wrote of his early memories of Market Street and the influence it had upon his art: 'I will sum up once for all the places, and mark the times ... which thus formed my instincts and sense of nativity for ever. First - Market Street, Croydon, and its lovely rough wooden pump with rude stones around it, and tiled cottage roofs. Thence all my steady love of cottages, lattices, littlenesses, roughnesses, humilities ('The Works of John Ruskin, XXXV, Praeterita and Dilecta,' E.T. Cook and A. Wedderburn, eds., 1908, p. 609).

  • Presented by an anonymous donor, 1907.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


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Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Ruskin Exhibition
186 Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour, London 1901-02-04 - 1901-03-02
Ruskin Exhibition
11 Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London 1907-03 - 1907-04
Ruskin Drawings and Watercolours
1 Arts Council of Great Britain 1954 - 1954
Ruskin and his Circle
13 Arts Council of Great Britain 1963 - 1963
John Ruskin: The Last Chapter
- Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield 1989-09-02 - 1989-12-22
John Ruskin and Victorian Art
102 Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo 1993-02-25 - 1993-03-30
102 Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1993-04-04 - 1993-05-09
102 Nara Sogo Museum of Art 1993-05-12 - 1993-06-06
102 Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art, Utsunomiya 1993-06-13 - 1993-08-15


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
The Works of John Ruskin, I, Early Prose Writings 1834-1843
Alexander Wedderburn, E T Cook 1903 George Allen, London repr. as frontispiece
Ruskin Exhibition: Catalogue of an Exhibition of Water-Colours and Drawings by the late John Ruskin
1907 The Fine Art Society, London p. 10
Works of Ruskin, XXXVIII, Catalogue of Drawings
Alexander Wedderburn, E T Cook 1912 George Allen, London p. 247, no. 576
John Ruskin and Victorian Art
1993 Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo pp. 288-289; repr. p. 152

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Market Street, Croydon, London, England Depicted

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