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Record 25463

Reading Experience:

'After a period of refreshment A. Rawlings then read a paper on Ruskin as an art critic, in which he gratuituously attacked the literary style of Modern Painters with which the paper chiefly dealt. The style was condemned as quite unsuited to the subject by reason of its verbosity its looseness of expression & inexact terminology. This view met with strong dissent. Extracts were then read from Modern Painters showing the argument of the work which was criticised later'. [the critique is summarised]
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Until: 6 Apr 1900
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Reading
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reading Group:XII Book Club
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Unknown
Date of Birth 1855
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: n/a
Religion: Quaker or associated with the Friends
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: John Ruskin
Title: Modern Painters
Genre: Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 25463  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Alfred Rawlings
  Title: XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 1 (1895-1915)
  Location: Private Collection
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: 48

Citation: Alfred Rawlings, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 1 (1895-1915)  Private Collection, p. n/a, p. 48,, accessed: 19 August 2019

Additional comments:

Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (



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