John Ruskin Daguerreotypes

Mystery photographs part of Ruskin collection

Telegraph | News |
By Nigel Reynolds, Arts Correspondent
(Filed: 29/03/2006)

“A set of more than 100 photographs that The Daily Telegraph revealed yesterday had fetched 75,000 pounds at a provincial auction after being valued at 80 pounds are almost certainly long-lost Daguerreotypes of Venice taken by the critic, artist and social reformer John Ruskin.

Ian Sumner, who was outbid at the extraordinary sale at Penrith, in the Lake District, said he was “convinced” that the 135 ghostly images were either taken or bought by Ruskin in Venice around 1850 to research his three-volume masterpiece, Stones of Venice.”

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