Chestnut Leaves

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
pen, ink and watercolor on white paper
Mark Descriptions
signed on back: "J. Ruskin"
Dimensions
19 x 15 in.
Credit line
John Herron Fund
Accession number
13.453
Collection
Not Currently On View

Among Ruskin’s numerous drawings from nature are dozens of life-sized studies of leaf sprays. In order to train his eye and his hand, Ruskin would bring in a freshly gathered branch from out-of-doors and, while his father read aloud to him for a half an hour after breakfast, Ruskin would challenge himself to finish a full scale pen and ink drawing of the foliage and fill it in with rapid watercolor washes.

Purchased from William Ward through Alfred M. Brooks
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