Date Made/Found: mid 19th-19th Century
, British, 1819 - 1900
Material and Medium: photogravure on paper
Dimensions: Support: 120 x 174mm
Accession Number: CGSG00038
This is a print of an original drawing Ruskin made in 1840, when he visited Nice on route to Italy. He made the tour with his parents over ten months and stopped to make studies and notes about each place they visited, particularly when artists such as Turner or Samuel Prout had previously admired them. Ruskin did not write much about Nice in his later published works, suggesting that the town did not particularly interest him, and to his tutor at the time he wrote that 'among the noble southern scenery there is excessively little to interest in the way of ecclesiastical architecture.'
Much later, Ruskin wrote about Nice's architecture and landscape to his friend, the artist Elizabeth Siddal. He said ‘its blue sea, hills and white houses looks to me like a bunch of blue ribands [ribbons], dipped in mud and then splashed all over with lime.'