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John Ruskin Set and Sheet Set

This fascinating six stamp collection spotlights the great and varied life of Ruskin, his influence on Victorian society and lasting impact on Manx culture and traditions through the Laxey Woollen Mills.

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  • John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, water-colourist, philosopher, prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He founded The Guild of St George charitable and Educational Trust in 1871.

    With support from the Ashmoleon Museum, this fascinating six stamp collection focusses on the great and varied life of Ruskin, his influence on Victorian society and lasting impact on Manx culture and traditions through the Laxey Woollen Mills.

    1st: Laxey Woollen Mill & The Guild of St George – Displaying the Laxey Woollen Mills, owned by Manx resident and great friend of Ruskin, Egbert Rydings who is imposed upon the stamp. Ruskin and his Guild of St George provided funding to the Mills, encouraging the preservation of traditional Manx craftsmanship, an art form continued to this day.

    EU: Social Justice – As a great thinker, his views on social justice in the Victorian era helped to shape welfare reforms in Britain such as the introduction of a minimum wage, free school meals and universal healthcare. 

    Large: Artist – Featuring artwork produced by Ruskin himself, whose artwork centred on his main interests in life, nature and God. As a critic, Ruskin championed the idea of "truth to nature" which encouraged painters to closely observe the world surrounding them.

    RoW: Venice by J M Nicholson - The artwork featured on the fourth stamp is Manx artist John Miller Nicholson’s, The Journey to Venice – An Artistic Transformation. In 1880, John Ruskin had advised Miller Nicholson to journey to Venice in order to broaden his horizons, a trip made in 1882.

    £1.82: Art Critic – Symbolising his relationship and influence upon art, he was a champion of J.M.W Turner, the great Romantic painter. Their friendship is presented upon this stamp which features Calais Pier by Turner.

    £2.17: Legacy – Representing his legacy, this stamp displays Ruskin Land, an area of land in the Wyre Forest, Worcestershire cared for by the Guild of St George. This stamp encompasses the relevance of his thoughts in the modern world and the prolonged legacy of his work, hundreds of years later.

     

     

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