Sublime Sites

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

Aiguilles of Mont Blanc: A rediscovered watercolour by John Ruskin

Coronavirus restrictions have forced many of us to find imaginative room in small things, but last week I received a pleasant reminder of previous excursions to sublimity on the grand … Continue reading

May 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ruskin drawings at King’s College, Cambridge: #4 The Mer de Glace from the Montanvers Hotel above Chamonix

This is the fourth in a series of seven articles that will catalogue an important group of drawings by John Ruskin at King’s College, Cambridge. For general notes on the … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kirkby Lonsdale: What Ruskin really said.

This article visits the famous ‘Ruskin’s View’ at Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria. It is so christened after a particularly purple description of the scenery by Ruskin. Hardly anyone, however, has … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · 4 Comments

News: Ruskin’s watercolour of Bellinzona

On 29 September 2014 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 … Continue reading

March 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

In Ruskin’s Footsteps at Bellinzona: The Salita della Nocca

This article returns the attention of to the southern Swiss city of Bellinzona to investigate another site drawn by John Ruskin. Bellinzona has been the subject of two previous … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

In Ruskin’s Footsteps: the Balconies of Bellinzona

In November 2012 I made a short site visit to the southern Swiss town of Bellinzona. It stands at the entrance to the Ticino valley above Locarno and for centuries … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

In Ruskin’s Footsteps at Bellinzona

This article identifies the exact subject of one of John Ruskin’s most highly regarded Alpine watercolours. The Swiss town of Bellinzona guards the southern entrance to the Alps from Lake … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment