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 (rŭs′kĭn), John 1819-1900.
British writer and critic who shaped Victorian artistic taste through his books Modern Painters (1843-1860) and The Stones of Venice (1851-1853).

Rus′kin′i·an adj.
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(Biography) John. 1819–1900, English art critic and social reformer. He was a champion of the Gothic Revival and the Pre-Raphaelites and saw a close connection between art and morality. From about 1860 he argued vigorously for social and economic planning. His works include Modern Painters (1843–60), The Stones of Venice (1851–53), Unto this Last (1862), Time and Tide (1867), and Fors Clavigera (1871–84)
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(ˈrʌs kɪn)

John, 1819–1900, English author, art critic, and social reformer.
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Then he went back to the sitting-room, settled himself anew, and began to read a volume of Ruskin.
Leonard was trying to form his style on Ruskin: he understood him to be the greatest master of English Prose.
He felt that he was being done good to, and that if he kept on with Ruskin, and the Queen's Hall Concerts, and some pictures by Watts, he would one day push his head out of the grey waters and see the universe.
He shut up Margaret's card in the pages of Ruskin, and opened the door.
For instance, when you came in I was reading Ruskin's STONES OF VENICE.
Ruskin is educated in art up to a point where that picture throws him into as mad an ecstasy of pleasure as it used to throw me into one of rage, last year, when I was ignorant.
Ruskin; and the comparison was in Katharine's mind, and led her to be more critical of the young man than was fair, for a young man paying a call in a tail-coat is in a different element altogether from a head seized at its climax of expressiveness, gazing immutably from behind a sheet of glass, which was all that remained to her of Mr.
To make it fair, Ruskin had relit the seven lamps of architecture, and written the seven labours of Hercules; for these windows through a whole youth Burne Jones had worshipped painted glass at Oxford, and to breathe romance into these frescos had Rossetti been born, and Dante born again.
Ruskin, and entangled his feet in the features of a recumbent bishop.
Do you know which is the tombstone that is praised in Ruskin?"
He was also a good deal in debt: it was difficult to live in London like a gentleman on three hundred a year; and his heart yearned for the Venice and Florence which John Ruskin had so magically described.
It was what they principally sought and admired on their occasional travels abroad; considering architecture and painting as subjects for men, and chiefly for learned persons who read Ruskin. Mrs.