This is one of two of sketches of the same view of Geneva (see also 1912P90). This work focuses on the buildings depicted in 1912P90. Although much of the drawing remains unfinished Ruskin has drawn the top sections of three houses in minute detail. The two 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 / Begun detail for the / little pencil study.
Inscription bottom right Handwritten - Faded brown ink.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of Ruskin's Drawings
40 Boston 1879 - 1879
40 New York 1879 - 1879
Ruskin Exhibition
72 Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour, London 1901-02-04 - 1901-03-02
Ruskin Exhibition
88 Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London 1907-03 - 1907-04
Magnificent Switzerland: Views by Foreign Artists 1770-1914
74 Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation, Villa Favorita, Lugano 1991-08-01 - 1991-10-21
74 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
Alexander Wedderburn, E T Cook 1912 George Allen, London p. 254, no. 765
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.

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Name Type
Geneva, Switzerland Depicted

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