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Sir John Everett Millais.
1854. Oil on canvas. Private collection. More. [Order a Print]
(1819-1900) English author and art critic. His works Modern Painters
(1843), which hotly supported Turner
ís art, The Seven Lamps of Architecture
(1848), The Stones of Venice
(1851-53) made him critic of the day, later he became the most influential art critic of the Victorian era.† Supported artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. From 1867,† held the post of Rede Lecturer in Cambridge, and from 1869-1884 a professorship of fine arts in Oxford. Founded a museum and a drawing school in Oxford, and in Meersbrook a night school for craftsmen. Towards the end of his life Ruskin increasingly suffered from a severe nervous illness. His watercolors and drawings were exhibited from 1873 to 1884 at the Old Water-Color Society. See his Cascade de la Folie, Chamonix
(1849), grandly atmospheric view of an Alpine chain, its expansiveness recalls early Turner