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GrossOutstanding—beautifully written...loving, but level-headed.
Incorporating all modern research into Ruskin and his contemporaries, the author gives fresh insight into all Ruskin's publications and elucidates his relations with his parents, his disastrous marriage to Effie Gray, his acquaintance with Turner and his close links with Pre-Raphaelitism. Ruskin is placed amidst a gallery of portraits of family, friends, teachers, artists, writers and political thinkers. Arguing that 'Praeterita', Ruskin's autobiography, gives only a partial view of his life, Tim Hilton shows how the youthful art critic became a significant didactic writer, developing a unique voice that was both alert to his contemporaries and unlike any other nineteenth-century prose, and was to shape his future as the most eloquent and radical of all the great Victorian writers.
Tim Hilton's 'John Ruskin: The Later Years' is also available in print.
Tim Hilton was born in 1941. He was educated at Aston Technical College, Birmingham, Balliol College, Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has written the catalogues of a number of significant exhibitions, including 'Drawings by Miro' (1980), 'Picasso's Picassos' (1982) and 'Anthony Caro' (1984), and has taught both painting and art history in several British art schools. He has been a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement.