Letter : Brantwood, to Joan Severn
Manuscript Collection: MS 0006a
Agency History/Biographical note:
John Ruskin, artist and philosopher, was born in 1819 to Margaret Cox
and John James Ruskin in London, England. First educated by his
mother and by various tutors, he later attended Oxford University.
His study there was interrupted for two years by illness. After
resuming his education, he received his B.A. in 1842 and his M.A. in
1843. He married Euphemia Chalmers Gray in 1848, but the marriage was
annulled in 1855. He taught art at Oxford and wrote extensively
throughout his life, most notably on art and social issues. In 1871
he tried to found a Utopia in England, and for the remainder of his
life continued to urge social reform. Ruskin died on January 20,
1900, in Coniston.
Scope and Content:
Undated letter to "Darlingest Grannie", i.e., Joan Severn, in which
he discusses his grief and seeing his children.
Cite as: John Ruskin Letter, Mount Holyoke College,
Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley,
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted