Ruskin 200: Lunchtime Talk - John Ruskin & William Morris

When
Wednesday 31 July 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
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Free, just turn up
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Millennium Gallery
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Talks and tours
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Join John Blewitt to explore the relationship between William Morris and John Ruskin.

For William Morris, John Ruskin’s writings on architecture and painting were ‘a revelation’. He wrote that Ruskin’s chapter ‘Nature of the Gothic’ from The Stones of Venice was one of the few ‘necessary' pieces of literature of the whole of the nineteenth century, helping him to shape his own understanding of need for creative labour, architectural and environmental conservation, and for a new society devoid of factory production and ‘profit-grinding’.

However, Ruskin’s ideas were set within a profoundly conservative and paternalist philosophical framework. He valued obedience, reverence and wise mastership arguing that only the foolish, or the wicked, delight in a world with no masters. Morris, however, came to believe that art and humanity could only be saved if there were ‘neither rich nor poor, neither master nor master's man’.

John Blewitt is a member of the William Morris Society and editor of William Morris and John Ruskin: A New Road On Which the World Should Travel (Exeter University Press, 2019).

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When
Wednesday 31 July 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Price
Free, just turn up
Where
Millennium Gallery
Theme
Talks and tours
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