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On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature   By: (1819-1900)

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[Illustration: RUSKIN'S MONUMENT FROM A PHOTOGRAPH]

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN RUSKIN

ON THE OLD ROAD VOLUMES I II

NATIONAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NEW YORK CHICAGO

ON THE OLD ROAD.

A COLLECTION OF MISCELLANEOUS ESSAYS AND ARTICLES ON ART AND LITERATURE.

VOL. I.

PUBLISHED 1834 1885.

CONTENTS OF VOL. I.

INTRODUCTORY. PAGE

MY FIRST EDITOR. 1878 3

ART.

I. HISTORY AND CRITICISM. LORD LINDSAY'S "CHRISTIAN ART." 1847 17 EASTLAKE'S "HISTORY OF OIL PAINTING." 1848 97 SAMUEL PROUT. 1849 148 SIR JOSHUA AND HOLBEIN. 1860 158

II. PRE RAPHAELITISM. ITS PRINCIPLES, AND TURNER. 1851 171 ITS THREE COLORS. 1878 218

III. ARCHITECTURE. THE OPENING OF THE CRYSTAL PALACE. 1854 245 THE STUDY OF ARCHITECTURE IN OUR SCHOOLS. 1865 259

IV. INAUGURAL ADDRESS, CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL OF ART. 1858 279

V. THE CESTUS OF AGLAIA. 1865 66 305

INTRODUCTORY: MY FIRST EDITOR.

ART.

I. HISTORY AND CRITICISM.

II. PRE RAPHAELITISM.

III. ARCHITECTURE.

INTRODUCTORY.

MY FIRST EDITOR.

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL REMINISCENCE.

( University Magazine, April 1878. )

MY FIRST EDITOR.[1]

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL REMINISCENCE.

1st February, 1878.

1. In seven days more I shall be fifty nine; which (practically) is all the same as sixty; but, being asked by the wife of my dear old friend, W. H. Harrison, to say a few words of our old relations together, I find myself, in spite of all these years, a boy again, partly in the mere thought of, and renewed sympathy with, the cheerful heart of my old literary master, and partly in instinctive terror lest, wherever he is in celestial circles, he should catch me writing bad grammar, or putting wrong stops, and should set the table turning, or the like. For he was inexorable in such matters, and many a sentence in "Modern Painters," which I had thought quite beautifully turned out after a forenoon's work on it, had to be turned outside in, after all, and cut into the smallest pieces and sewn up again, because he had found out there wasn't a nominative in it, or a genitive, or a conjunction, or something else indispensable to a sentence's decent existence and position in life. Not a book of mine, for good thirty years, but went, every word of it, under his careful eyes twice over often also the last revises left to his tender mercy altogether on condition he wouldn't bother me any more.

2. "For good thirty years": that is to say, from my first verse writing in "Friendship's Offering" at fifteen, to my last orthodox and conservative compositions at forty five.[2] But when I began to utter radical sentiments, and say things derogatory to the clergy, my old friend got quite restive absolutely refused sometimes to pass even my most grammatical and punctuated paragraphs, if their contents savored of heresy or revolution; and at last I was obliged to print all my philanthropy and political economy on the sly.

3. The heaven of the literary world through which Mr. Harrison moved in a widely cometary fashion, circling now round one luminary and now submitting to the attraction of another, not without a serenely erubescent luster of his own, differed toto coelo from the celestial state of authorship by whose courses we have now the felicity of being dazzled and directed. Then, the publications of the months being very nearly concluded in the modest browns of Blackwood and Fraser , and the majesty of the quarterlies being above the range of the properly so called "public" mind, the simple family circle looked forward with chief complacency to their New Year's gift of the Annual a delicately printed, lustrously bound, and elaborately illustrated small octavo volume, representing, after its manner, the poetical and artistic inspiration of the age... Continue reading book >>




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