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Record 3671

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'2 East Parade, Leeds. June 25th 1856. Ellen is rather puzzled', wrote her brother to his wife, 'on comparing the tower at Calais, with Ruskin's "delightful" description.' (Payne coll.)"
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Apr 1856 and 30 Jun 1856
Country: Probably Britain, but the reader did travel to Europe on extended tours
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
   
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:

Reader:Ellen Heaton
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 18 Nov 1816
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Woman with private means, art collector
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Probably Britain, but the reader did travel to Europe on extended tours
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: John Ruskin
Title: Modern Painters IV
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First edition published 1856
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 3671  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Ruskin
  Editor: Virginia Surtees
  Title: Sublime and Instructive. Letters from John Ruskin to Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, Anna Blunden and Ellen Heaton
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1972
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 187
  Additional comments: From the editor's footnote, referring to Ellen Heaton travelling to mainland Europe in the summer of 1856: "Mindful of Ruskin's (by now famous) descriptive passage in the fourth volume of Modern Painters, published two months earlier, she had stopped at Calais on her way and inspected the church tower (The Works of John Ruskin, Library Edition, ed. E.T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, 39 Volumes, London, George Allen, 1903-1912, Vol 6, p. 11). Ellen Heaton stopped at Calais on her way to Switzerland, which she reached in August 1856.

Citation: John Ruskin, Virginia Surtees (ed.), Sublime and Instructive. Letters from John Ruskin to Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, Anna Blunden and Ellen Heaton (London, 1972), p. 187, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=3671, accessed: 22 May 2019

Additional comments:

The letter quoted is from the collection of unpublished letters and diaries of Dr John Heaton, belonging to Mr and Mrs Brian Payne.

 

 

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