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Record Number: 3560


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Letter 8/2/1863 - "For, as far as I remember - my sayings to you have been very nearly limited to Goldsmith's model of a critical sentence on painter's work: "that it was very well - and would have been better if the painter had taken more pains."

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

unknown

Country:

Probably Britain, but the author did travel to Europe on extended tours

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

John Ruskin

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

8 Feb 1819

Socio-Economic Group:

n/a

Occupation:

writer and art critic

Religion:

Christian

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

Probably Britain, but the author did travel to Europe on extended tours

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Oliver Goldsmith

Title:

The Vicar of Wakefield

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

3560

Source:

Print

Author:

John Ruskin

Editor:

Virginia Surtees

Title:

Sublime and Instructive. Letters from John Ruskin to Louisa, marchioness of Waterford, Anna Blunden and Ellen Heaton.

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1972

Vol:

n/a

Page:

46-47

Additional Comments:

From the editor's footnote: "The whole secret consisted in a strict adherence to two rules: the one always to observe that the picture might have been better if the painter had taken more pains." (The Vicar of Wakefield, cb. XX.) From letter dated 8/2/1863 to Louisa, Marchioness of Waterfront.

Citation:

John Ruskin, Virginia Surtees (ed.), Sublime and Instructive. Letters from John Ruskin to Louisa, marchioness of Waterford, Anna Blunden and Ellen Heaton., (London, 1972), p. 46-47, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=3560, accessed: 22 June 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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