John Ruskin as artist – archive, 11 May 1904

By Guardian Staff

11 May 1904: Ruskin's skills as an artist were explored at a well attended lecture held at Manchester town hall

The last of the series of lectures in connection with the Ruskin Exhibition in Manchester was delivered at the Town Hall last night by Mr M H Spielmann, whose subject was “Ruskin as artist.” The Lord Mayor (Mr T T Shann) presided, and there was again a large audience.

Mr Spielmann applied to Ruskin's work as a whole the remark which Professor Herkomer once made of his drawings – that he “rarely finishes his work to the edges.” Ruskin, Mr Spielmann said, knew his own limitations, and was saddened thereby. This tendency to incompletion, this unfortunate peculiarity of “unfinishedness” arose from two sources – first, his natural impatience and enthusiasm of temperament, and, secondly, the scientific basis of his artistic work.

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Source: John Ruskin as artist – archive, 11 May 1904