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Explorations in the footsteps of Turner, Cotman and Ruskin with Professor David Hill

Rsukin Bellinzona Christie’s

John Ruskin
The Church of San Quirico at Daro above Bellinzona, Switzerland, looking north towards the St Gotthard Pass. Called Cure’s Garden at Bellinzona, 1858

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on light blue tinted paper, 20 1/2 x 14 ins, 520 x 355 mm

Private Collection, sold Christie’s 20 November 2003, no.49, £274,050

Although this fetched a world record price for Ruskin when sold at Christie’s in 2003, the exact subject is here identified for the first time. Ruskin was fascinated by the Curia’s garden below the church, and cared for it during the hot weather.

Photograph courtesy of Christie’s. To view this image on Christie’s online catalogue click on the following link, then use your browser’s ‘back’ button to return to this page:

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Published on July 13, 2014 at 512 × 752 in In Ruskin’s Footsteps at Bellinzona