Albumen silver print of John Ruskin at Brantwood dated 1st August 1893
Albumen silver print of John Ruskin at Brantwood dated 1st August 1893 Albumen silver print of John Ruskin at Brantwood dated 1st August 1893
£475.00
1893.

Albumen silver print. Handwritten details by S.A. Acland on front mount. Inscribed on the back "To Mr Willett from Miss Acland with Good Christmas Wishes 1893". Sarah Angelina Acland (1849-1930) first met John Ruskin during her childhood when he taught her art. She was born in Oxford where her father was the Professor of Medicine. Sarah, from an early age, moved among the academic aristocracy of Oxford. With her friend Ida, the sister of Alice Liddell, she was photographed by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and she assisted Rossetti in his painting of murals for the Oxford Union (although she was only 8 when the work began so perhaps she just helped wash the brushes). At 19, she met Julia Margaret Cameron who inspired her to become a serious photographer. Her principal contribution to the development of photography was her experimentation with colour. Her earliest work used the Ives Kromskop process, taking separate photographs through red, green and blue filters and the Autochrome method of using coloured transparent images on glass. This work culminated in an exhibition of thirty-three colour prints of Gibraltar in 1904. This moving photograph of the old Ruskin in his Lake District home predates Sarah Acland's experiments with colour and shows the long influence of Julia Margaret Cameron. The photograph was taken during a visit made by Acland and her father in 1893, seven years before Ruskin's death. Although his health declined steadily during the 1890s, Ruskin appears, in this portrait, to be what he had always been: a prophet and a sage whose fierce, bright eyes saw the world with a new and altered sensibility.