This is one of two of sketches of the same view of Geneva (see also 1912P91). This is the more finished of the works and includes the two bridges spanning the water. The drawings were originally mounted together and appear to have been exhibited as a pair. Along with 1912P89, they were given to Birmingham by Ruskin's cousin Joan (nee Agnew) and her husband, the artist Arthur Severn. Both visited Italy with Ruskin in the 1870s. A photograph recording one of their trips to Venice is reproduced in 'Ruskin and Tuscany' (exh. cat., Jeanne Clegg and Paul Tuscany, 1993).

  • Presented by Mr and Mrs Arthur Severn, 1912.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Ruskin -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Geneva, 1862 or 63 / Signed 1879 J Ruskin
Inscription bottom right Handwritten - Faded brown ink.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of Ruskin's Drawings
39 Boston 1879 - 1879
39 New York 1879 - 1879
Ruskin Exhibition
72 Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour, London 1901-02-04 - 1901-03-02
Ruskin Exhibition
88 The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London 1907-03 - 1907-04
Magnificent Switzerland: Views by Foreign Artists 1770-1914
73 Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation, Villa Favorita, Lugano 1991-08-01 - 1991-10-21
73 Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva 1991-11-14 - 1992-02-02


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Ruskin Exhibition: Catalogue of an Exhibition of Water-Colours and Drawings by the late John Ruskin
1907 The Fine Art Society, London p. 18
Works of Ruskin, XXXVIII,Catalogue of Drawings
E T Cook 1912 George Allen, London p. 254, no. 764
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons Ltd., Derby p.373
Magnificent Switzerland: Views by Foreign Artists 1770-1914
1991 Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation, Lugano and Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva -


Mr and Mrs Arthur Severn.

Associated places

Name Type
Geneva, Switzerland Depicted

Related work & resources

Discuss this work

Start a discussion about this work.

You need to login to discuss this work. Click here to login.

If you are not yet registered click here to become a member.
Find out more about membership