By J. Bradley
The subject and scope of the chronology specialise in the existence (in naked define) and guides (in temporal order) of John Ruskin (1819-1900). As art-critic, social commentator, architectural student, geologist, botanist, water-colourist, lecturer, letter-writer and prose stylist, Ruskin stands forth as maybe the pre-eminent Victorian polymath. His advocacy of paintings and artists, his braveness within the face of opposed, uninformed feedback and his enlightened compassionate perspectives of the human situation demonstrate Ruskin as 'not of an age yet for all time'. those attributes the Chronology endeavours to signify.
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24 A Ruskin Chronology The emotional tensions, misunderstandings, parental pressures and social problems suffusing the relations among the Grays and the Ruskins are acute at this time as extensive correspondence shows. August 5 (Sun) At Zermatt. While studying glaciers, moraines and other geological phenomena, JR experiences severe depression following 'very painful self-examination'. 7 'George' writes a lively account of an excursion to the Riffel Berg and the following day gets a daguerreotype of the Matterhorn.
18 Writes JJR perhaps 'The Stones of Emptiness' would be a better title for SVIII than 'The Fall'. 22 Sends JJR a collection of Millais's sketches. 28 Sends JJR one of his own drawings. October 2 (Sun) The third and final volume of SV is published. ' 10 ECGR writes Rawdon Brown of the rigours of Glenfinlas life. 16 JR informs his mother of Millais's near-hysteria and general depression and writes to Holman Hunt in the same vein. 26 JR and ECGR leave Brig o'Turk to visit Scottish friends at Keir and Dunblane.
18 ECGR writes her mother they will cross from Boulogne the next day and stay at Denmark Hill 'till Monday'. 20 The younger Ruskins arrive at Denmark Hill and remain until 22 April, then moving to their Park Street house. m. This rigorous routine, with rare intervals, obtains until the publication of SVI in March 1851. Letters and diary entries for these months are meagre and publications limited to his Poems (privately circulated) and The King of the Golden River (see entry of 1841). Meanwhile, ECGR, not often accompanied by JR enjoys, in London, a social life similar to her Venetian days, and her 1851 27 family letters animatedly record her pleasure in upper middle-class Victorian circles.
A Ruskin Chronology by J. Bradley