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The Works of John Ruskin
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The influence of John Ruskin (1819-1900), both on his own time and on artistic and social developments in the twentieth century, cannot be over-stated. He changed Victorian perceptions of art, and was the main influence behind 'Gothic revival' architecture. As a social critic, he argued for the improvement of the condition of the poor, and against the increasing mechanisation of work in factories, which he believed was dull and soul-destroying. The thirty-nine volumes of the Library Edition of his works, published between 1903 and 1912, are themselves a remarkable achievement, in which his books and essays - almost all highly illustrated - are given a biographical and critical context in extended introductory essays and in the 'Minor Ruskiniana' - extracts from letters, articles and reminiscences both by and about Ruskin. This fourteenth volume contains Ruskin's 'Academy Notes' and other writings on painting and painters.
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Introduction; Part I. Academy notes: 1. 1855; 2. 1856; 3. 1857; 4. 1858; 5. 1859; 6. 1875. Part II. Letters and papers on pictures and artists: 1. Pre-Raphaelitism in Liverpool; 2. Generalisation and the Scotch Pre-Raphaelites; 3. John Leech's outlines; 4. Ernest George's etchings; 5. The Frederick Walker exhibition; 6. Arthur Burgess; 7. The black arts; Part III. Notes on Samuel Prout and William Hunt: 1. William Hunt; 2. Samuel Prout; 3. Notes on the drawings; 4. Indexes; Appendixes.

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