'Fragments from Abbeville, Lucca, Venice and Pisa', Sketch towards 'The Seven Lamps of Architecture'Artist:
, British, 1819 - 1900
Material and Medium: pencil on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 400 x 281mm
Support: 333 x 225mm
Accession Number: CGSG00013
‘The Seven Lamps of Architecture' is a book written and illustrated by Ruskin. It was first published in 1849 as his first major work on architecture. In it, he writes of the emotional and moral power of buildings and the principles and development of good design.
Ruskin produced this drawing for the twelfth plate of the book. It contains eight separate 'figures' or diagrams which together depict the Ruskin's views on the development of design, proportion and finish in architectural sculpture. The series of rapidly drawn sketches fit together in no particular numerical order however, and the text references to each figure can be found throughout a large part of the book, so that the reader needs to continuously flip backwards and forwards through the pages. Nevertheless, Ruskin felt that the 'severe truth' and simplicity of each figure would have a greater impact than more elaborate and delicate drawings.