Ruskin's Trees

ruskin trees

Chamonix; hill with trees sloping upwards to l. 1850 Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, touched with white, over graphite

British Museum CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Prof Fiona Stafford

To celebrate John Ruskin's 200th birthday, hear about his lifelong love of trees, from the idyllic garden at his family home in Herne Hill to his Lake District estate at Brantwood. Ruskin looked at trees with an eye trained by painting, a mind coloured by literature, a heart lifted by a sense of the divine manifest in the natural world. Above all, he looked at trees as trees and urged his audiences to see the world afresh.

This lecture explores Ruskin's lifelong love of trees, from the idyllic garden at his family home in Herne Hill to his Lake District estate at Brantwood.  Ruskin looked at trees with an eye trained by painting, a mind coloured by literature, a heart lifted by a sense of the divine manifest in the natural world.  Above all, he looked at trees as trees and urged his audiences to see the world afresh.

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