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A bit of Ruskin in bullit points

April 5, 2012
  • Born on February 8, 1819 in London. Died on January 20, 1900 of influenza.
  • In 1848, the year of revolution, he marries his cousin Euphemia Chalmers Gray.
  • He was largely responsible for the accepatance of Turner’s painting and the rise of the PRB.
  • in 1854, his marriage is annuled on the grounds that it was never consumated. Rumors persist to this day that Ruskin was shocked and appalled to discover that women have of pubic hair. However, considering that he was an avid art critic it seems unlikely that he would have been aware of this (in my opinion). Ultimately, Effie marries the PRB painter  John Everett Millais in the wake of the annulment.
  • in 1858, he abandons the evangelical Protestantism of his youth. He never actually becomes a Catholic, however. He drops his Protestant leanings after witnessing a particularly firy and absurd Protestant sermon in Turin; he fleas back to nature and art.
  • In the 1860s, begins to be more and more concerned with social criticism and seeks to combat the negative impact of industrialization, capitalism, and utilitarianism. Unto This Last published in 1862.
  • in 1871, he begins writing the letters that make up Fors Clavigera. A proto-blog of sorts, these letteres were published monthly and intended for the working classes of Great Britain. As a proto-blog, Ruskin generally wrote what ever was on his mind. Usually social issues of the day, his own form of agrarian socialism (though he didnt like the “S” word), the meaning of Christian charity and things of this nature were his major areas of focus.
  • Fors ceased publication in 1878, the same year that Ruskin founded The Guild of St. George, which is still in existance to day. Through the guild, Ruskin sought to implement his social ideas and agrarian theories.
  • in 1886, begins to fully succomb to madness in the years leading to his death.
  • of all the works of Dickens, Bleak House had the greatest impact on Ruskin. The discriptions of poverty therein were particularly important to Ruskin’s social writings (if I am not mistaken).

The Victorian Web. “A Ruskin Chronology”.


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One Comment
  1. Very cool blog! I remember from he beginning of the semester, you stated that Ruskin was one of your favorites. This is fascinating.

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