Inventory of the John Ruskin Papers, 1870-1909

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Inventory of the John Ruskin Papers, 1870-1909

The Huntington Library

San Marino, California

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Descriptive Summary

Title: John Ruskin Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1870-1909
Creator: Ruskin, John
Extent: 874 pieces
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Purchased from Goodspeed's, September, 1923.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Ruskin Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


John Ruskin was born February 8, 1819 in London. He graduated from Oxford in 1843. After gaining wide recognition as an author, artist, and social reformer, he moved from London to Brantwood, Coniston Water in 1872 where he remained until his death.
He was elected first Slade professor of art at Oxford in 1870 and held the post until 1878 and then again from 1883 to 1884. From 1878 until his death Ruskin was plagued with recurring brain attacks. He made many trips abroad, several in an attempt to cure himself of these brain fevers.
However, by 1889 his literary career was at an end. He died January 20, 1900 and was buried at Coniston beside his old friend, Susan Beever. This friendship had begun in 1874 and a voluminous correspondence was carried on between the two until Miss Beever's death in 1893.

Subject Matter

  • I. John Ruskin's letters to Susan Beever: Materials and readings for Ruskin's works; his writings, health, thoughts and ideas.
  • II. Susan Beever's letters to Albert Fleming, of Ambleside, editor and close friend of Ruskin: Miss Beever's everyday life, her neighbors on Coniston Water, news of Professor Ruskin at Brantwood across the lake.

Persons represented by five or more pieces

  • Allen, George 25 pieces
  • Beever, Susan 197 pieces
  • Brown, John 14 pieces
  • Cook, Sir Edward Tyas 6 pieces
  • Fleming, Albert 21 pieces
  • Mackerell, H. Pereeval 9 pieces
  • Powell, R. 18 pieces
  • Ruskin, John 536 pieces
  • Wedderburn, Alexander Dundas Ogilvy 9 pieces

Some important or interesting items

  • Ruskin, John. To Susan Beever. ...But I am anxious about your cold - all the more, that I am anxiously depressed and feeble myself. I ought perhaps to be less so, on that account - and to attribute our sympathetic illness to some quaint shadow of ghostly spring. It is very good and dear of you, thinking of the hawthorne time. I trust there will be a ghostly spring, indeed for us all - some day. And am ashamed for myself that I am not surer of it. [May, 1874< >Sep., 1876]
  • Ruskin, John. To Susan Beever. ...and am very tired today and thinking I had really best give up my Professor-ship on the ground of not choosing to sanction vivisection in University. [1885, >Mar. 22]

Period covered

1870-1909. Note: One letter for 1870 and one for 1909. The rest of the letters fall within the period 1873-1902.

Selected List of Items




The elements of perspective


A.MS. 43 leaves HM 7587


Geometry exercise book


A.MS. 38 leaves 4to. HM 6103


Gold; a dialogue


MS.S. 24 leaves 4to. 1863 HM 6104


Lectures on architecture and painting: "The Edinburgh Lectures"


A.MS. 201 leaves 4to. and fol. HM 6099


[Miscellaneous notes] [c.1870]


A.MS. 10 p. fol. HM 7591


[Notes and draft for an article on Italian art]


A.MS. 11 p. 8vo. [c.1870] HM 7590


Notes on Fors Clavigera, etc.


A.MS. 10 p. fol. & 4to. [c.1878] HM 7589


Notes on Samuel Prout and William Hunt 1879-1880


MS. (partly autograph) 88 leaves HM 6102


Notes on the Royal Academy and other exhibitions


A.MS. 53 leaves fol. HM 6100


The Oxford Museum [c.1859]


A.MS. 12 p. fol. HM 7588


Pre-Raphaelitism [c.1851]


A.MS. 17 p. fol. (incomplete) HM 7586


The Seven Lamps of Architecture [c.1849]


A.MS. 2 vols. fol. HM 6097


The Two paths 1858-1859


A.MS. 170 leaves fol. HM 6101


Unto the last


A.MS. 82 leaves HM 6098


Letters of John Ruskin


To Edward Clayton 1839-1845


25 letters, HM 6105-6129

Scope and Content Note

Most of these letters were published in Letters addressed to a college friend during the years 1840-1845, 1894.

To Frederick James Furnivall


19 letters, 1855-1878 FU 776-794


To various persons

Additional Note

Note: This Ruskin-Beever-Fleming material is uncatalogued.

Approx. 40 letters, 1850-1886


Approx. 500 letters from Ruskin to Susan Beever, c.1870-1890


Approx. 230 letters, Susan Beever to Albert Fleming, written during her last illness, with a few letters from others regarding her death.


Approx. 150 letters, documents, etc. of and addressed to Albert Fleming regarding the publication of a selection of the Ruskin letters to Susan Beever by George Allen under title of Hortus Inclusus, with corrected proof sheets for the 1902 revised edition.


John Ruskin letters to various persons


[1850] To F. J. Furnivall HM 7592


[1851, Aug. 3] To George Smith HM 7593


[1855, Jan.] To John Dillon HM 24179


[1855, May] To George Smith HM 7594


[1855, Oct. 6] To George Jones HM 7595


[1856<>1875] To - HM 21663


[1861, Mar?] 25 To Sir John M. Naesmyth, Bart. HM 7596


[1865, Aug. 24-Sep.25] To John Richard Larkin: 3 letters HM 7597-99


[1867, May 15] To Charles Richardson HM 7600


1867, Nov. 1 To Charles Kent HM 18743


1867, Dec. 9 To Editor of the Examiner HM 7601


[c.1870] To George Butterworth HM 12881


[1871] Mar. 31 To Sir John Simon HM 7602


[1873, Oct. 14] To George Allen


1875, Feb. 19 To - HM 7603


1875, Oct. 4 To Frederick Crawley HM 7604


1875 To Henry Larkin 3 letters HM 7605-7607


1875 To George Allen HM 21656


1875-76 To Henry Larkin: 3 letters HM [UNK]-10


1876, May 18 To Robert Rawson HM 7611


[1876, Nov. 4] To George Allen HM 21657


1877, Apr. 15 To Daniel Bromly HM 7612


1878, July 2 To Frederick Gale HM 7613


1878-81 To Frederick Crawley: 6 letters HM 7614-19


1881, July 24 To Miss Gatty HM 7620


1882, July 3 To Ernest Chesneau HM 21658


1882, Nov. 14 To Frederick Crawley HM 7621


1883, Aug. 19 To Dear Madam HM 21664


[1886, Mar. 9] To Francis H. Butler HM 7622


Additional Ruskin letters


[1843<] Jan. 31 To I M Nicholson HM 26353


1858-1873 To Louisa, Lady Waterford, 61 letters. HM 25801-61


1867-1887 To Margaret (Raine) Hunt, 26 letters HM 30344-69


1868 July 13 To George Richardson HM 18908


[c. 1870?] To "Dearest Scola" HM 30885


[>1871] To "My dear Sir" HM 26320


[1871?] To Coventry Patmore HM 30883


[1873<>1879] To Charles Apleton, Editor of Academy, 5 letters, HM 30653-57


[c. 1875] To Joan (Agnew) Severn? HM JR 531


[>1879] To [UNK] Pattison HM 30658


1879-1883 To Dora Thomas, a student, 3 letters HM 30341-43


1881 June 10 To Coventry Patmore HM 30884


8 letters to Francis Bennoch in the Bennoch Papers, uncatalogued


2 letters from Ruskin's father.


Letter to John Ruskin from his mother, 1848?, HM 30886


11 letters from Ruskin to Miss Corlass, mostly undated.