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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
Convolvulus Border Design with Red Campion
Date Made/Found: about 1880
Artist: possibly Charlotte Catharine Murray , British, born 1840
Material and Medium: watercolour and bodycolour on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 420 x 297mm Support: 277 x 238mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG01195
There are a number of works by Murray in the Ruskin Collection. Most of them are carefully-observed studies of a particular flowering plant. Their foliage and roots are included and are presented simply rather than in an artistic manner. This watercolour is different therefore as it is a design using intertwining flowers and foliage, rather than a scientific study. Ruskin admired Murray’s botanical illustrations. He wrote about one of her works; ‘It is quite impossible to see better painting than this, in the uniting of instantaneously right contour with consummately tender, yet effective laying of colour. In absolute quality of colour, it is incomplete, but in texture, even at this stage, unsurpassable; and generally, the same may be said of all Miss Murray’s flower-paintings.’ Ruskin felt that artists should ‘day by day… draw some lovely natural form or flower …choosing …what is beautiful and strong in life.’ That way, he or she would find a new sense of beauty in his surroundings.
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