40 inspirational reflections exquisitely illustrated—for personal or group contemplation.
“During a visit to Venice in 1876, the mother of Lilias Trotter heard that John Ruskin, then fifty-seven, was in the city to work on drawings and to revise his book of 1851-53, The Stones of Venice. Carefully drafting a letter of introduction, she must have hoped that Lilias might receive some instruction in drawing or at least some general commendation from the foremost writer on art of his day. Probably she was expecting no more than that, although there would have been the obvious excitement of personal contact with one of the most famous people in the English-speaking world. Having given ‘somewhat sulky permission,’ Ruskin was surprised to see ‘extremely rightminded and careful work,’ and asked ‘that the young lady might be allowed to come out sketching with me.’ ‘She seemed to learn everything the instant she was shown it,’ he recalled, ‘and ever so much more than she was taught.’”
Stephen Wildman Professor of History of Art, Lancaster University Director, Ruskin Library and Research Centre