On 29 September 2014 Sublimesites.co published an article, ‘In Ruskin’s Footsteps at Bellinzona’. This focused on an important watercolour that Ruskin painted there in 1868, and for the first time identified his exact viewpoint. I notice with some interest therefore that Lowell Libson is exhibiting Bellinzona at the Maastrich Art Fair 11-20 March 2016.
Alongside that Lowell Libson has two more fine Ruskin Swiss subjects and one Venetian. One of the points I make in the original article is that Ruskin’s Bellinzona appears to be but one part of a mosaic of studies that together would have formed a continuous panorama of the view of Bellinzona from near the church of St Quirico at Daro. As its happens, Lowell Libson is showing a very good example of just that procedure in one of the other Swiss subjects, a watercolour of Baden, Switzerland, made up of several separate drawing put together.
The drawing of Thun that completes the Swiss triad, must also have formed part of a similar mosaic of studies.