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.