This drawing has traditionally been identified as a view of Lady Glenorchy's Chapel in Edinburgh. However, Dr Elizabeth Cummings has identified the building as Trinity College Church as seen from Calton Hill, Edinburgh. Trinity college was founded 1460 by the queen of King James II. It was built in the 1500s, although the nave was never completed. Ruskin toured Scotland with his parents in 1838 and it is likely that he executed this work during his visit. The precise style of drawing indicates that in his youth Ruskin was influenced by the English artist Samuel Prout (1783-1852). The catalogue of the Ruskin exhibition held at Manchester City Art Gallery states that in 1904 the drawing belonged to Mr and Mrs A. Severn. Mrs Severn was Ruskin's cousin and her husband Arthur became his pupil.

  • Presented by the Trustees of the Griffiths Bequest, 1907.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Ruskin -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Inscription bottom left Handwritten - In pencil.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Ruskin's Drawings
506 The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London 1878 - 1878
Ruskin Exhibition
340 Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour, London 1901-02-04 - 1901-03-02
Ruskin Exhibition
43 Manchester City Art Gallery 1904 - 1904
Ruskin Exhibition
10 Fine Art Society, London 1907-03 - 1907-04
- Nottingham Art Gallery 1910 - 1911
Ruskin Watercolours and Drawings
2 Arts Council Touring Exhibition 1954 - 1954
English Eye I
37 Midland Federation Travelling Exhibition 1958 - 1958
John Ruskin: The Last Chapter
- Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield 1989-09-02 - 1989-12-22


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Catalogue of the Ruskin Exhibition
1904 Manchester City Art Gallery p. 15
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. 249, no. 625
Fran Evans December 1957 - vol. 66, p.141, repr. fig. 111
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd., Derby p. 372
The Drawings of John Ruskin
Paul H Walton 1972 Oxford University Press, Oxford p. 30, repr. pl. 18


Mr and Mrs A. Severn in 1904.

Associated people

Name Type
Lady Glenorchy Associated with

Associated places

Name Type
Lady Glenorchy's Chapel, Edinburgh, Scotland Depicted

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