John Ruskin's Continental Tour 1835
The Written Records and Drawings

Edited by Keith Hanley and Caroline S. Hull

Legenda (General Series)

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19 December 2016  •  308pp

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John Ruskin's training as an interdisciplinary polymath started in childhood. He learned to memorise the Bible at his mother's knee and published his first poem aged ten. His lifelong fascination with geology found its earliest expression in journal articles from the age of fifteen, while his considerable talents as a draughtsman were developed by leading drawing masters before he was sixteen. Rather than being a prodigy in one particular field, it was his precocious mix of religion, science and art that laid the foundations for the fulfilment of his career as a critic of art, architecture and society. The cultural tours that he made with his family as he grew up provided the crucial focus for these developing interests, and the second extended tour of the Continent in 1835 at the age of sixteen in particular established the paradigm for his orchestrated representation and analysis of cultural experience along 'the old road', through France to Chamonix, and through the Swiss Alps to northern Italy as far as Venice.

His diary of the journey and associated writings, together with numerous drawings he made in relation to it, are annotated and fully catalogued for the first time in this edition that includes maps and an introductory essay.

Keith Hanley is Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, where he directed the Ruskin Centre, 2000-08. His books include John Ruskin's Romantic Tours, 1837-1838: Travelling North (Edwin Mellen Press, 2007) and, with J. K. Walton, Constructing Cultural Tourism: John Ruskin and the Tourist Gaze (Channel View, 2010). Co-edited collections include: with R. Dickinson, Ruskin's Struggle for Coherence: Self-Representation through Art, Place and Society (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008); with E. Sdegno, Ruskin, Venice and Nineteenth-Century Cultural Travel (Le Bricole, 2010); and with Brian Maidment, Persistent Ruskin: Studies in Influence, Assimilation and Effect (Ashgate, 2013).

Caroline Hull studied the History of Art at Princeton and Yale Universities and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in the United States and the UK. With her husband, Andrew Jotischky, Professor of Medieval History at Lancaster University, she has co-written The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Medieval World (2005) and The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Bible Lands (2009). She has contributed to a number of academic publications and co-curated several exhibitions primarily focusing on ecclesiastical art and architecture. Currently Caroline is a regional manager for an international Catholic charity.

John Ruskin's Continental Tour 1835 is the winner of the 2017 Ruskin Society Prize.

Reviews:

  • ‘At a time when scholars often find it difficult to find support for editions of archival and biographical materials relating to significant cultural figures, it is pleasing that this important volume has found its way into print through the endeavours of the editors and the MHRA, whose Legenda imprint makes high-quality editions of such materials available... The edition is perfectly conceived and delivers something approaching perfection. It should be of interest beyond Ruskin Studies, particularly to scholars of Romantic art, poetry, and landscape tourism, nineteenth-century travel, and Victorian science.’ — Mark Frost, Modern Language Review 113.4, October 2018, 863-64 (full text online)
  • ‘The interest of the texts collected in this volume is on the whole remarkable. They represent a variety of literary genres ranging from the prose diary, the letter in verse, the dramatic sketch, the short story narrative, genres through which the same travel matter is shaped and reshaped, demonstrating the precociousness and versatility of Ruskin’s genius, his witty ironic vein, but also his brilliant mastery of prose... The recent interest in emotional labour involved in diary and travel writing will certainly profit from the fresh material unearthed by this critical edition.’ — Emma Sdegno, Review of English Studies 69, September 2018, 803-05 (full text online)

Contents:

1-35
Introduction
Keith Hanley
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36-37
The 1835 Itinerary
Keith Hanley
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38-40
Textual Note
Keith Hanley
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41-116
The 1835 Diary
Keith Hanley
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117-150
Verse Journal: A Tour through France to Chamouni
Keith Hanley
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151-159
A Letter from France
Keith Hanley
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160-166
Letter to Willoughby Jones
Keith Hanley
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167-212
The Drawings
Caroline S. Hull
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213-232
The Drawings: Catalogue
Caroline S. Hull
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233-236
Appendix I Poems
Keith Hanley
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237-285
Appendix II Other Literary Outcomes
Keith Hanley
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286-298
Appendix III John James Ruskin’s Diary, 1835
Keith Hanley
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Bibliography entry:

Hanley, Keith, and Caroline S. Hull (eds), John Ruskin's Continental Tour 1835: The Written Records and Drawings (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016)

First footnote reference: 35 John Ruskin's Continental Tour 1835: The Written Records and Drawings, ed. by Keith Hanley and Caroline S. Hull (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Hanley and Hull, p. 47.

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Hanley, Keith, and Caroline S. Hull (eds). 2016. John Ruskin's Continental Tour 1835: The Written Records and Drawings (Cambridge: Legenda)

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