John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

On display

The West Porch of Rouen Cathedral (unknown date)

This work has been attributed to the artist, critic and thinker John Ruskin, although it is unsigned. Ruskin first saw Rouen in 1835 and wrote of the west porch of the cathedral in his book The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849) as 'the most exquisite piece of pure flamboyant work existing'. Morris was also impressed by this building, writing ‘no words can tell you how its mingled beauty, history and romance took hold of me’