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Art Exhibition, Thu 29 Jun - Sun 3 Sep 2017, £6-£8.60

Path at Brantwood by J. Ruskin

Path at Brantwood by J. Ruskin


Ruskin’s depictions of French cathedrals, Venetian palaces and the Swiss Alps are rightly admired, but he also produced many fine drawings and watercolours on home ground in England and Scotland. Ruskin was taught to paint by two of the notable topographical artists of his day, A.V. Copley Fielding and Samuel Prout. From his very earliest years Ruskin was obsessed by and travelled in search of landscape. At first this was with his parents and included a number of visits to the Lake District, where he became steeped in fashionably Romantic and Picturesque readings of nature. He was deeply influenced at this time by Wordsworth, by whom he was presented the Newdigate Prize for Poetry at Oxford. His journeys also followed in the footsteps of his artist-hero, JMW Turner and he criss-crossed the country in search of Turner’s source material. Ruskin’s study of the English landscape tradition blossomed into the five volume critical masterpiece, Modern Painters. This display will include examples from early tours to the Lake District in 1837 and 1838 and to Scotland, the land of his parents’ birth. Ruskin continued to draw and paint ‘on home ground’ throughout his adult life. The exhibition features studies from all of these periods, including works made as a student at Oxford to those undertaken in and around Brantwood after he settled here in 1872.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Partial disabled access.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 29 Jun - Sun 3 Sep 2017 10:30 to 17:00


LA21 8AD


Off B5285 road on east side of Coniston water. Follow signs from Coniston village.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Windermere station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

Partial disabled access.

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