February 2019: 200 Years since the Birth of John Ruskin
February 2019: 200 Years since the Birth of John Ruskin.
John Ruskin, 8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900,
leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist.
Ruskin was hugely influential in the latter half of the 19th Century and up to the First World War. After a period of relative decline, his reputation has steadily improved since the 1960s with the publication of numerous academic studies of his work.
Today, his ideas and concerns are widely recognised as having anticipated interest in environmentalism, sustainability and craft.