Ancienne Maison, Lucerne, SwitzerlandArtist:
, British, 1819 - 1900
Material and Medium: pen and ink with white on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 418 x 298mm
Support: 264 x 183mm
Accession Number: CGSG00540
Ruskin made this drawing when he was 16 years old when artistic tastes were still developing. According to his own notes, until 1842, his drawings generally imitated either his drawing masters, such as the artist Anthony Copley Fielding or artists whose work his father collected, such as JMW Turner or Samuel Prout. This particular drawing strongly shows the influence of Prout.
Prout (1783-1852) was an English artist who is best known for his topographical watercolours and unusual artistic style in which he made detailed and strongly outlined studies and filled them in with watercolour paint. Ruskin's drawing of this decorative old building in Lucerne, Switzerland also has these strong outlines and he has used white paint to make highlights.
Ruskin visited Lucerne during a 7-month tour of Europe that he made with his parents during 1835. During the tour, the Ruskin family travelled through France to Switzerland, Austria and northern Italy.