This work may be one of two drawings described by Cook and Wedderburn as 'Vesuvius (?)' ('Works of Ruskin, XXXVIII, Catalogue of Drawings,' p. 304). These drawings were exhibited at the Fine Art Society exhibition in 1907 and dated to 1840. However, Cook and Wedderburn recall that there was some doubt as to their attribution and Ruskin's cousin Joan Severn (nee Agnew) felt impelled to write to the 'Daily Telegraph' in their defence. On 18 March 1907 she wrote: 'these drawings were given to me by my cousin (John Ruskin) a good many years ago, and once here, when some friend said they were unlike his style, I took them to him ... for their history. He turned them over, dictating as he handed them to me, what I was to put on the back. On seeing these particular drawings he at once said, "That's me in 1840!" and got me to write these words at the back of each.' Unfortunately, this work is now held down at all four corners and it is impossible to see if they bear any inscription on the reverse.

  • Presented by the Association of Friends of the Gallery, 1937.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Ruskin -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Signature bottom left Handwritten - Pencil.


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Peintures et Aquarelles Anglaises 1700-1900 du Musée de Birmingham
107 Musée de Lyon 1966-10-23 - 1966-11-20
English Artists in Italy
94 Victoria & Albert Museum, London 1968 - 1968
John Ruskin: The Last Chapter
- Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield 1989-09-02 - 1989-12-22
Paesaggi di Artisti Britannici in Italia: Acquerelli del XVIII e XIX secolo della Collectione dei Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
- Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Villa Reale, Milan 1999-05-20 - 1999-06-20


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Works of Ruskin, XXXVIII, Catalogue of Drawings
Alexander Wedderburn, E T Cook 1912 George Allen, London p. 304, possibly no. 2093 or 2094

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Name Type
Naples, Italy Depicted

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