Letter : Mrs. John Simon,
Manuscript Collection: MS 0006b
Agency History/Biographical note:
John Ruskin, artist and philosopher, was born in 1819 to Margaret Cox
and John James Ruskin in London, England. He was educated by his
mother and various tutors and then attended Oxford University. He
travelled with his father around Europe viewing artwork. While
studying at Oxford in 1840, Ruskin became ill and was forced to
leave. He travelled for two years in search of a remedy. In 1842 he
returned to Oxford to receive his B.A., and received is M.A. in 1843.
Throughout this period he published many articles. In 1848, Ruskin
married Euphemia Chalmers Gray, but the marriage was annulled in
1855. He continued writing until 1870 when he became a practical
reformer. In 1871 he tried to found a Utopia in England. For the
remainder of his life, he taught art at Oxford, wrote books and
continued to urge social reform. Ruskin died on January 20, 1900 in
Scope and Content:
A letter to Mrs. Simon, the wife of Ruskin's physician, Dr. John
Simon, on the nature of the artistic standards of the English people.
Includes transcription, as well as a check dated October 13, 1884,
payable to Miss Gale.
Cite as: John Ruskin Letter, Mount Holyoke College,
Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley,
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted