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John Ruskin, English, 1819 - 1900

Date unknown

Pen and yellow-brown ink and wash, graphite pencil, and touches of white opaque watercolor on wove paper

Sheet: 7 3/4 x 11 1/8inches (19.7 x 28.3cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with The Herbert & Nannette Rothschild Memorial Fund in memory of Judith Rothschild, 1995

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This drawing is a beautiful example of the fine lines and delicate tones that can be produced with pen and ink and graphite pencil. Translucent golden brown ink outlines the entire image as well as the veins of the leaves, as seen most clearly in the tendrils at right. Faint strokes of black ink and graphite pencil further define the contours, while the soft graphite tone and touches of opaque white watercolor enhance the gray ink washes, helping to modulate the elegant shape of the leaves.