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Title: John Ruskin correspondence with Lucia and Francesca Alexander, 1882-1889Add to your cart.

Collection Identifier: MS 5086

Primary Creator: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900

Extent: 300.0 Items. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.  Misfiled letters retain original order. Undated letters are located at the end of Box 4

Subjects: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917, Authors, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence, Ruskin, John, 1819-1900 -- Relations with women., Swett, Lucia Gray., Women artists -- 19th century., Women folklorists -- 19th century.

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection contains 300 letters, dating from 1882-1889, which document the personal and professional relationship between John Ruskin (1819-1900), Francesca Alexander (1837-1917), and her mother, Mrs. Francis Alexander (1814-1916), (nee Lucia Gray Swett). Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, the Alexanders met John Ruskin in Italy in 1882 and they immediately began corresponding. Many common themes run throughout the letters such as the writers’ emotional and physical well-being, art, Ruskin’s affairs, professional activities, news about mutual acquaintances, and spiritual beliefs. Ruskin’s letters to Francesca focus on her development as an artist. The collection also contains enclosures forwarded by Ruskin such as letters from important acquaintances, news articles, manuscript proofs, and drawings by Ruskin.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The 300 letters in this collection reflect the friendship that critic John Ruskin (1819-1900) and Mrs. Francis Alexander (nee Lucia Gray Swett, 1814-1916) and Francsca Alexander (1837-1917) maintained both professionally and personally from when they meet in 1882 until Ruskin’s death in 1900. Approximately half of the letters in this collection were previously published in John Ruskin’s Letters to Francesca and Memoirs of the Alexanders, (1931) by Lucia Gray Swett.

Ruskin helped Francesca, a folklorist, author and illustrator, to publish her first narrative, The Story of Ida, in 1883 and continued to assist with her next two projects, Roadside Songs in Tuscany and Christ’s Folk in the Apennines.  Additionally, he acquired 122 of her drawings during the years of their friendship.  Ruskin filled the mentor role left by Francesca’s father, Francis Alexander, a well-known Boston portrait painter, who had inspired his daughter’s artistic endeavors until his death in 1880.  The letters between Ruskin and Francesca are largely focused on their professional activities, with details covering the editing and publication process for three of Francesca’s books, The Story of Ida, Roadside Songs of Tuscany, and Christ’s Folk in the Apennines.  Ruskin also advises Francesca about her drawing technique, urging her to work on perspective and to practice drawing landscapes. In addition, Ruskin mentions his own activities, including his Oxford lectures, paintings, drawings, and music, and progress on his autobiography, Praeterita.  Francesca’s letters to Ruskin recount stories from Edwige and Polissena (inspirations for Roadside Songs in Tuscany and Christ’s Folk in the Apennies) together with other daily occurrences, and provides suggestions about the enclosures forwarded to her by Ruskin.

On a personal level, Ruskin’s letters are full of reports on his physical and mental health, fear of aging and death, his affair with Rose La Touche, his pet seagull, mutual friends, and reminisces from childhood brought about by his work on Praeterita.  Moreover, he frequently discusses the significance of dreams, symbols (such as owls and clouds) and religion.  To Mrs. Alexander, Ruskin also writes of shared literary interests, such as their mutual love of Lord Byron and their disagreement over French novels, and his perceived failures in his life, for example, duty to his parents and neglect of the poor.

Also included in this collection are drawings by Ruskin; page proofs from Praeterita, Roadside Songs, and Christ’s Folk, which often include handwritten annotations and illustrate the publishing process; and letters to and from Rose La Touche that were forwarded to the Alexanders (Box 2, folder 40 and Box 3, folders 15, 16, 22, 23, and 24) that shed light on the relationship between she and Ruskin.

Collection Historical Note

Chronology:

1814 - Lucia Gray Swett born in Salem, Massachusetts.

1819 - John Ruskin born in London, England.

1836 - Lucia Gray Swett marries Francis Alexander.

1837 - Francesca Alexander born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1853 - Alexander family relocates to Europe. Settle in Florence, Italy.

1858-1875 - Ruskin begins relationship with Rose La Touche.

1870 - Ruskin appointed Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford.

1870-1879 - Ruskin lectures at Oxford.

1882 - Ruskin and the Alexanders are introduced in October by Henry R. Newman. Correspondence begins between Ruskin, Lucia and Francesca. Ruskin purchases Francesca’s illustrated manuscript for Roadside Songs of Tuscany.

1882-1890 - Ruskin purchases 122 of  Francesca’s drawings.

1883 - Ruskin publishes Francesca’s first novel, The Story of Ida.

1883-1884 - Ruskin lectures at Oxford. Discusses Francesca’s drawings.

1884-1885 - Ruskin edits and publishes Francesca’s major work, Roadside Songs.

1885-1889 - Ruskin works on his autobiography, Praeterita.

1887-1889 - Ruskin publishes Francesca’s third work, Christ’s Folk in the Apennines.   

1890 - Ruskin's health begins to fail.

1891 - Mrs. Alexander publishes New England Breakfast Breads, Luncheon and Tea Biscuits.

1897 - Francesca publishes Tuscan Songs.

1900 - Francesca publishes The Hidden Servants and Other Very Old Stories Told Over.

1900 - Ruskin passes away on January 20.

1902 - Mrs. Alexander publishes Sisters of Reparatrice.

1903 - Mrs. Alexander publishes The Visit of Lafayette, the Old Housekeeper’s Story.

1905 - Mrs. Alexander publishes Il Libro D’oro of Those Whose Names are Written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

1916 - Mrs. Alexander passes away in Florence, Italy.

1917 - Francesca passes away on January 21 in Florence, Italy.

1931 - John Ruskin’s Letters to Francesca and Memoirs of the Alexanders published in Boston by Lucia Gray Swett.

Subject/Index Terms

Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917
Authors, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900 -- Relations with women.
Swett, Lucia Gray.
Women artists -- 19th century.
Women folklorists -- 19th century.

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 cubic feet

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

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Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/ Rare Books."

Acquisition Source: E. Hallowell

Acquisition Method: Donation

Related Materials:

John Ruskin: 

A.L.S.to Lady Afflick, 10 November [n.y/].  MS 1450

A.L.S.  to G. Cruikshank, 18 --? MS Eng. 329 (26)

A.L.S. to W. Wright, n.d. MS E.9.4 R8

20 A.L.S. to William Harcourt Hooper, 1863-1886. MS C.1.10

A.L.S. to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, June 22 [n.y]. MS KF vol 5 no. 501

A.N.S. to [?], 25 February 1833. MS Eng. 434

A.L.S. to D.G. Rozetti, 1855? XArtz Cab. 10.4 p.60

A.L.S to Ogdon N. Rood, 25 March [1872?] Mss.Acc 94

A.N.S. to Alexander Scott, 12 April 1880. MS Eng 150

A.L.S. to J.C. Lewis, 10 February [n.y.]. MS Ch.I.3.59

22 A.L.S. to William Harcourt Hooper, 1883-1886, MS C.1.10 (1-22)

Francesca Alexander:

4 A.L.S. to Mrs. Charles Fairchild, 1899-1900. MS Am. 661-664

A.L.S. to Sally Fairchild,1908? MS Am. 665

Mrs. Alexander (Lucia Gray Swett):

3 A.L.S. to Mrs Charles Fairchild, 1899, 1908. MS Am. 666-668

Preferred Citation: John Ruskin Correspondence with Lucia and Francesca Alexander. MS 5086. Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.

Processing Information: Finding aid writen by Melissa Hulse, May 2009.


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Folder 1: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Henry Newman. [N.p.], n.d.Add to your cart.
1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 2: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Lucca, Italy., 22 October 1882Add to your cart.
Compliments Miss Alexander upon her drawings; details of Ida to be arranged; plans to return to Oxford.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 3: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. [N.p.], 29 October 1882Add to your cart.
Thanks her for her book of sonnets; mentions visiting to Florence he plans for next spring. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 4: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Herne Hill, England., 9 December 1882Add to your cart.
Back in old routine lecturing etc.:  Speaks of preparing Story of Ida for printer, and admiration for drawings.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 5: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. [N.p.], 25 December 1882Add to your cart.
Thanks her for the kindness and friendship; drawing of Ida at the engravers.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 6: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 January 1883Add to your cart.
Details of Proofs, etc., of Story of Ida.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 7: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 21 January 1883Add to your cart.
Expresses his pleasure at being able to assist with Ida; thanks her and her mother for Christmas letter.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 8: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood?, Cumbria, England., 31 January 1883Add to your cart.
Thanks her for letters; questions about Ida; publisher and his daughter delighted with book.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 9: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 27 February 1883Add to your cart.
Sends drawings; engraving of Ida good-- admired by those who have not seen original drawing.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 10: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 7 March 1883Add to your cart.
All <span style="text-decoration: underline;">re Ida</span>, price etc.; concerned about health; will lecture at Oxford and tell them about the book.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 11: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 5 April 1883Add to your cart.
Friends admire Ida.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 12: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 April 1883Add to your cart.
Plans to be in Oxford early in May and will collect the book from Miss Lloyd sent by Francesca.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 13: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Herne Hill, England., 13 May 1883Add to your cart.
Received book from Miss Lloyd; opened it in old nursery; values it highly, but must not be seen, as a book, in its present form; will attend to it at once.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 14: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Herne Hill, England., 14 May 1883Add to your cart.
Note carried by Miss Alice Fletcher; shows great concern for welfare of "the precious book."  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 15: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Herne Hill, England., 1 June 1883, 4 June 1883Add to your cart.
Oxford lectures done; plans to read some stories soon to intimate friends in London; profits from Ida will go to Francesca.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 16: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Oxford, England., 10 June 1883Add to your cart.
Main work on book done; lectured to friends in London; photographs being made; thanks Mrs. Alexander for Hebrew scroll; advises Francesca to practice drawing landscapes, as her talent is weakest there.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 17: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 22 June 1883Add to your cart.
Thanks her for Hebrew Bible and scroll; working on book; own plans uncertain; mistake for Francesca to call him "Mr. Ruskin."  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 18: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 14 July 1883Add to your cart.
Wants Mrs. Alexander or Francesca to do some translation for him; message to Newman; working on book; advises Francesca to try landscape but does not want to interfere with her own inspirations:  she must work for herself, first.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 19: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 31 July 1883Add to your cart.
1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 20: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 15 August 1883Add to your cart.
Working on book; advises Francesca NOT to engage herself to draw for "the Century or any other magazine."  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 21: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 25 August 1883Add to your cart.

Gratitude for letters; comments and suggestions for drawings.  1 s. (3 p.)

(20, 25 Aug on inventory)

Folder 22: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 18 September 1883Add to your cart.
Work on book proceeding; copy-right drawing if possible; publication of former book, now would spoil work on this one.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 23: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Kenmore Castle, Galloway, Scotland., 1 October 1883Add to your cart.
Appreciation of Mrs. Alexander and Francesca and the comfort their letters and flowers give; work continues on book.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 24: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917. A.L.S. to John Ruskin. Bassano, Italy., 4 October 1883Add to your cart.

Sends him a few words from Edwige; is glad that he is well and happy at present.  1 s. (2 p.)

(22 Oct 1883 on inventory)

Folder 25: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 October 1883Add to your cart.
1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 26: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. London, England., 23 October 1883Add to your cart.
Explanation of kinds of photographs and etchings; advises her to keep own style, and practice simple sketches, in pencil etc. 1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 27: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. [N.p.], 31 October 1883Add to your cart.

Hopes advice to Francesca on drawing was acceptable; recommends quick water-color sketches occasionally; photography (of book) continues.  1 s. (3 p.)

Sketch of leaf [?] on second page.

Folder 28: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 9 December 1883Add to your cart.
Expresses concern over Francesca "frittering herself away" and being too obliging to everyone; also selling her drawings for too little; feels own health good and work going well.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 29: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 15 December 1883Add to your cart.
Advises her not to have anything to do with the "British (or American) 'Press'"; draw for herself, and not put letters into landscapes.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 30: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 31 January 1884Add to your cart.
Is going to lecture on clouds; speaks of painting of American couple.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 31: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. London, England., 8 February 1884Add to your cart.
Mentions drawing Miss Kate Greenway, sent him; would like Francesca to know her.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 32: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. London, England., 25 February 1884Add to your cart.
Wants to know about Zita's birth place; is returning to Brantwood soon.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 33: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. London, England., 26 February 1884Add to your cart.
Has bought a diamond.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 34: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. London, England., 10 March 1884Add to your cart.
Tells her not to worry about evil spirits; wants her to send the Luora to Bratwood very soon.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 35: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 17 March 1884Add to your cart.
Wants to exhibit her paintings at some college, in May; is thankful to be home.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 36: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 20 March 1884Add to your cart.
Is very ill; asks her not to tell Francesca.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 37: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 1 April 1884Add to your cart.
Is not well; gets much pleasure from Francesca's pictues and in editing her book.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 38: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 6 April 1884Add to your cart.
Palm Sunday; discussing and giving his opinion on paintings.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 39: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 16 April 1884Add to your cart.
Thanks her and Francesca for liking his book; wants Francesca to concentrate on light and shade; says he would like that cocoanut cup.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 40: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 20 April 1884Add to your cart.
Giving advice on paintings; mentions Zita and the American lady; feels very well.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 41: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Herne Hill, England., 28 April 1884Add to your cart.
Advises Francesca to rest; sounds proofs; tells of his visit to the Duchess of Claremont, his paintings at the Watercolour Society, etc.  gives specific recommendations for painting and drawing; warns not to sell coloured drawing etc. 2 s. (8 p.)
Folder 42: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Herne Hill, England., 29 April 1884Add to your cart.
Questions on stories Francesca has sent; wishes he knew more Italian; will renew work on book the next week.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 43: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 6 May 1884Add to your cart.

Details of printing book etc.; loves owls; encloses song written for shepardess.  2 s. (3 p.)

Enclosed one sheet of music, in Ruskin's writing.

Folder 44: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 7 May 1884Add to your cart.

Comments on drawings; says work for Francesca new and important stimulus to his life; warns her to rest.  2 s. (3 p.)

Enclosed a page of proof corrections by Ruskin.

Folder 45: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 9 May 1884Add to your cart.
Sends proofs of Ballad to Francesca for her corrections.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 46: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 11 May 1884Add to your cart.
More proofs to Francesca; work on book goes ahead rapidly.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 47: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 18 May 1884Add to your cart.
Wishes they were not so far apart; tells of dream.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 48: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 22 May 1884Add to your cart.
Plans English art lectures; tells of lessons he gives to his "little shepardess"; mentions details of book; uncanniness of owls.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 49: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 1 June 1884Add to your cart.
Suggestions and messages for Francesca's trip to Venice.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 50: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 6 June 1884Add to your cart.
Misc. remarks; message to be given to Signor Boni.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 51: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 7 June 1884Add to your cart.
Finds hand steadier; wants an account of the Moslem pictures in Florence and a "little tiny life of Giorgione- with all the nice facts..." 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 52: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 7 June 1884Add to your cart.
Sends complete plan of book; advises her not to waste time reading novels aloud to friends, etc. 1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 53: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 19 June 1884Add to your cart.
Plans for writing and translating a life of Giogione; encloses one of "little Annie's lessons." 1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 53a: Enclosure: Writing and drawing lesson, 19 June 1884Add to your cart.
1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 54: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 20 June 1884Add to your cart.
Plans for publishing stories, "Roadside songs," and drawings (photographed); regrets for increasing feeling of age; mentions Boni.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 55: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 26 June 1884Add to your cart.
Very busy working on the "Priest's Office" for songs.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 56: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 3 July 1884Add to your cart.
Still working on "Priest's Office" in Songs; worried about causing Francesca ill-fortune.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 57: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 8 July 1884Add to your cart.

Thanks her for "fortunate" letter.

Plans for changes in book on St. Gregory; still working hard; answers misc. questions. 2 s. (4 p.)

Folder 58: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 10 July 1884Add to your cart.
Re saving letters from Mrs. Alexander and Francesca; quotation from letter from God-daughter, (Miss Oldham); fear of death.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 59: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 12 July 1884Add to your cart.
Very busy with details for book; gives up plan for writing abstract of life of Gregory the Great; "too entangled" to plan ahead, expect lectures at oxford in late fall. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 60: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 July 1884Add to your cart.
Inquires about specific passages in Francesca's old letter that he cannot find; hope she will continue to write him "easy chat." 1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 61: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 14 July 1884Add to your cart.

Up early and working hard:  wrote preface (enclosed) and hopes proofs will be ready by October; also received two letters which will be copied and sent.  1 s. (2 p.)

Enclosed one page in A.Ms.

Folder 61a: Enclosure: Handwritten preface to Roadside SongsAdd to your cart.
1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 62: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 16 July 1884Add to your cart.

Advice to Francesca drawing perspective correctly; has corrected preface.

Pen sketches,  <span style="text-decoration: underline;">re perspective.</span>1 s. (2 p.)

Folder 63: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 19 July 1884Add to your cart.
Work unexpectedly hard and involves a great deal of reading, but book will surely be out before Christmas; is very satisfied, and quite happy.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 64: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 20 July 1884Add to your cart.
Sends proof of "Priest's Office" to Francesca for corrections, esp. of Italian.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 65: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 25 July 1884Add to your cart.
Details of book, suggestion for a sequel to Ida; things going well.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 66: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 28 July 1884Add to your cart.
Details of book; explanation of enclosed letter (missing), including a story of his own childhood.  1 s. (2 p.)
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2-3 August 1884Add to your cart.

Copies of three letters (not Ruskins hand)

1. Copy of Sig. Boni's letter.

2.  Ed of Greek Testament, Leigis, Germany

3.  From the same as two, dated 17 July, 1884.  5 s. (16 p.)

Folder 2: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 10 August 1884Add to your cart.
Re Ruskin's and Francesca's friendship; Rosie's mother's (Mrs. La Touches) visit.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 3: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 23 August 1884Add to your cart.
Has written the countess; book going very well; mentions situation and relationship with Rosie's mother.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 4: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917. A.L.S. to John Ruskin. All'Abetone, Italy., 2 September 1884Add to your cart.
Eyes have recovered; while paining Polissina, Francesca learns more of her life; mentions Rosa.  2 s. (6 p.)
Folder 5: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. London, England., 7 October 1884Add to your cart.
Gives forwarding addresses, her letters the best bliss he has; mentions that Francesca is nervous without her mother.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 6: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917. A.L.S. to John Ruskin. Bassano, Italy., 8 October 1884Add to your cart.
Tells of Sig. Boni's visit; speaks of a place they visited called Oliera.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 7: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Canterbury, England., 13 October 1884Add to your cart.
Mentions walls of Bassano, discusses paintings.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 8: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Oxford, England., 18 October 1884Add to your cart.

Today is his first lecture at Oxford; enclosed a clipping from Pall Mall Gazette about it.

Enclosed clipping.  2 s. (3 p.)

Folder 9: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Oxford, England., 30 October 1884Add to your cart.
Diary notation; appreciates help he is receiving.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 10: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Oxford, England., 19 November 1884Add to your cart.
Begs Francesca not to get ill; speaks of death.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 11: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Oxford, England., 25 November 1884Add to your cart.
Glad to receive her letter; discusses drawing.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 12: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Oxford, England., 2 December 1884Add to your cart.
Has given last lecture at Oxford and is packing up, is wonderfully well.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 13: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Oxford, England., 10 December 1884Add to your cart.
Is leaving today for home; is going to look at moss and feed Robins at the moment.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 14: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Cheltenham, England., 11 December 1884Add to your cart.
Discusses philosophy of dreams; mentions that in January he lectures in London.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 15: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 19 December 1884Add to your cart.
Burns her last letter; feeling tired and ill; had thought of giving up and returning to Florence; sent out the fifth number of songs yesterday.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 16: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 19 December 1884Add to your cart.
Apologizes for not writing; feels in need of her.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 17: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 31 December 1884Add to your cart.
Wants her to write; health still bad.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 18: Ruskin, John 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2 January 1885Add to your cart.
Feels apathetic; suggests some changed in one story; mentions significance of dreams.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 19: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 10 January 1885Add to your cart.
Feels better, doesn't need rest but hard work; doesn't like title page of book etc., "St. Peter and the Door" delightful.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 20: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 16 January 1885Add to your cart.
Writing own boy-hood experiences for auto-biography.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 21: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. [N.p.], 21 January  [1885]Add to your cart.
Questions and comments re stories.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 22: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 31 January 1885Add to your cart.
Mostly re, himself, his work and correspondence etc. 1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 23: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 5 February 1885Add to your cart.
Questions on details of book (printing etc); writing auto-biography.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 24: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 7 February 1885Add to your cart.
Received photograph of "saint"; wants to know how to address a cardinal Patriarch.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 25: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 8 February 1885Add to your cart.
Brief note, stating he is well etc.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 26: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 February 1885Add to your cart.
Re corrections, stories etc.1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 27: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 3 March 1885Add to your cart.
Grateful for stories, drawings etc.; working continues, probably all done by May 1st; reading Val d'Arno.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 28: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 19 March 1885Add to your cart.
Re details of book; also working hard on lecture on Protestantism; worries about health.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 29: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 25 March 1885Add to your cart.
Mentions stories; sends proof with directions to forward to printers; has given up Oxford professorship, for health and because of vivisection there.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 30: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2 April 1885Add to your cart.
Discussion of vivisection.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 31: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2 April 1885Add to your cart.
Mostly re details of book; problem of what to do with drawings, which to keep, etc.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 32: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 3 April 1885Add to your cart.

Explanations of 3 enclosed letters, (all missing):

1.  from Lewis Carroll (?), whose work Ruskin dislikes;

2.  from "Roman Catholic lady" friend of Rosie's mother (Mrs. La Touches)-- quotation from an old Letter from Rosie;

3.  re work on book, to be published soon.  1 s. (3 p.)

Folder 33: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 5 April 1885Add to your cart.
Hopes to finish preface to San Giorgione that day; unsatisfied with Lady Louisa's book (Val d'Arno?), (see letter of March 3rd)  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 34: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 9 April 1885Add to your cart.
Scolds Francesca for tiring herself and eyes drawing Santa Rosa; excited about  presents from Mrs. Alexander (see letter to Mrs. Alexander also April 9th.)  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 35: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 9 April 1885Add to your cart.
Shares her love for Byron; works on auto-biography every day; mentions Rosie.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 36: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 10 April 1885Add to your cart.
Speaks of Lacerta (friend of Mrs. La Touches, see letter of April 3rd) and Rosie; Mentions enclosed letter (missing)  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 37: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood?, Cumbria, England., 12 April 1885Add to your cart.
Brief note sent with enclosed proof(?) of "Whole of eighth number" (missing)  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 38: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 April 1885Add to your cart.
Enclosed letter (missing); feels "in woe about Countess Louisa's book" but will follow Francesca's advice; easier to obey sister than wife.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 39: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 15 April 1885Add to your cart.
Speaks of the importance of his friendship with the Alexanders; re this, mentions Joanie, Mrs. Talbot, Mrs. Hilliard.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 40: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 17 April 1885Add to your cart.

Will order printer to set up title page for "praeterita" (autobiography); explanation of enclosed letter from Rosie; also mentions L(acerta).

Enclosed letter from Rose (La Touches) dated Aug. 15th.  2 s. (6 p.)

Folder 41: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 18 April 1885Add to your cart.
Translating not difficult except when rhyming is necessary.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 42: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 19 April 1885Add to your cart.
Francesca's latest drawing the "finest... yet"; mentions squirels (sic.)  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 43: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 27 April 1885Add to your cart.
Directions, details etc. for book; finally sent L(o)uisa's book to Francesca... letter unfinished.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 44: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 3 May 1885Add to your cart.
Re Rosie, and Lacerta:  Rosie her best at 12, later morbid; defends Lacera.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 45: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 4 May 1885Add to your cart.
Leaving for London; likes St. Christopher; mentions Luisa's book; sending "some accounts of coronation of May Queen at Cork" under separate cover.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 46: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Herne Hill, England., 10 May 1885Add to your cart.
Mostly re Rosie, and the Alexander's sympathy.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 47: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Herne Hill, England., 11 May 1885Add to your cart.
Plans to correct Francesca's proof; sends poem (missing) he once wrote to Rose.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 48: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Herne Hill, England., 14 May 1885Add to your cart.

Mentions enclosure; defends Lacerta and says they have mutually forgiven each other.

Enclosed:  Proof of preface to Praeterita, with corrections by Ruskin.

(dated Herne Hill, May 10th, 1885)  1 s. (1 p.)

Folder 48a: Enclosure: Preface proof from "Praeterita"Add to your cart.
1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 49: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. [N.p.], 25 May 1885Add to your cart.
Letter from ______ (illegible) with marginal comments by Ruskin.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 50: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Herne Hill, England., 26 May 1885Add to your cart.
Tied in London; mentions old fear of death; letter from Luisa delightful.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 51: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Herne Hill?, England., 7 June 1885Add to your cart.
Leaves for Bratwood Saturday; health satisfactory but general powers diminished; mentions drawing, of Santa Rosa and birds; god-daughter's advice.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 52: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Herne Hill, England., 12 June 1885Add to your cart.

Re correction of proof, details of book; encloses letter from W.B. Richmond.

Enclosed letter from W.B. Richmond, June 9, 1885.  2 s. (5 p.)

Folder 53: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 20 June 1885Add to your cart.

Health satisfactory; working; tells of God-daughter's illness; encloses picture of Mrs. Alexander.

Enclosed:  engraving (?) of "John Ruskin at the Age of 3 1/2 years"  1 s. (2 p.)

Folder 54: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 26 June 1885Add to your cart.
Drawing just received:  has been showing them to Lilias Trotter, her sister and brother, and Dorie Dollingwood.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 55: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 27 June 1885Add to your cart.

Busy; specific criticisms of Francesca's drawings:  likes face of La Rosa etc., disappointed in birds, esp. feathers, tree not done correctly, also light and shade etc.

On page 2 is pen sketch of trees.  1 s. (3 p.)

Folder 56: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 12 July 1885Add to your cart.
1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 57: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 July 1885Add to your cart.
Busy; advises her to practice more brief sketching, and then finish in her own way; will send own sketches of birds; mentions story of "Santa Rosa"--which he has given to the Children's Society of Friends.  2 s. (8 p.)
Folder 58: Anderson, Sarah. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 18 July 1885Add to your cart.
From Sarah D. Anderson (Ruskin's secretary) sending drawing of Penquin by W. Marks from Ruskin and expressing concern about his health:  Mrs. La Touches staying nearby at Waterhead Hotel.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 59: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 19 July 1885Add to your cart.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Re</span> drawings of birds:  Mark's, Giovanni da Undine's his own; encloses note from Antonio, which he can't read and sends him message; working on book.

Enclosed letter in Italian, signed Antonio Valmararo.  2 s. (4 p.)

Folder 60: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 21 July 1885Add to your cart.
Tells about minnows; wants another portrait of Polissena, more drawing of landscape, more sketches etc, with out overwork, will write "Peace of Polissena" to match Ida.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 61: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 27 July 1885Add to your cart.
Plans for writing; working hard on new preface; trying to learn more Italian.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 62: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 12 September 1885Add to your cart.
Just convalescing the long "unspeakble" illness; feels humiliated and discouraged.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 63: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 19 September 1885Add to your cart.
Values the Alexander's and Joanie's friendship and kindness, especially throughout his illness.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 64: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 25 September 1885Add to your cart.
Grateful for letters; feeling his life has been "strangely loveless" and without true friendship; temporarily given up work etc.; mentions book (Francesca), drawing and painting (Titian)  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 65: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 1 October 1885Add to your cart.
Partly in Ruskin's hand, mostly dictated to Joanie (Mrs. Severn); speaks of the terrace and gardening; regrets having lived so much of his life alone; is more cheerful in old age--(letter finished by Joan).  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 66: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2 October 1885Add to your cart.
Dictated by Ruskin to Joan (Mrs. Severn) by Ruskin, with note added by her; re drawing of Polissena, just received; praise of details, and plans for book; health rapidly improving.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 67: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 18 October 1885Add to your cart.
Busy with autobiography; must find title for Polissena; Francesca and Durer both "fond of sticks"; encloses picture of a "wicked falcon" (missing).  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 68: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 25 October 1885Add to your cart.
Not work, but anger and disappointment that make him ill, etc.; Rosie's mother (Mrs. La Touches) had been staying there and was partially responsible.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 69: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 26 October 1885Add to your cart.
Questions about stories; money will all go to Francesca; comments on Tuscans.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 70: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 27 October 1885Add to your cart.
Enclosing proofs, which need many changed and corrections (missing); will write preface; tells of vision when he was ill.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 71: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 30 October 1885Add to your cart.
Apologizes for handwriting; health fairly good; plans to work on Polissena.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 72: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 1 November 1885Add to your cart.
Thankful for her letter about R(osie La Touches); heard from Joanie (Mrs. Severn) that her (Rosie's) illness had been incurable; own health improving.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 73: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2 November 1885Add to your cart.
Re book:  is, and will continue, to re-check and re-write, add notes etc:  Francesca and Mrs. Alexander must also make as many changes as they want.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 74: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 6 November 1885Add to your cart.
Health improving, but feels unable to do much work; tells of pet seagull; Joanie (Mrs. Severn) happy with ring and necklaces.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 75: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 November 1885Add to your cart.
Happy and gaining slowly, but has lost "exhilaration of youth"-- cannot do what he used to be able to.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 76: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 22 November 1885Add to your cart.
Thanks her for story of cat, other details of book mentioned.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 77: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 29 November 1885Add to your cart.
Describes omnibus hired to carry large household to church; happy; mentions pet seagull; likes new story; asks question about details.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 78: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 5 December 1885Add to your cart.
Tells of Severn's reasons for liking to go to church.  1 s. (1 p.)
Folder 79: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 6 December 1885Add to your cart.
Describes colds; mentions work on stories; discusses Sylvia's accompaniment to a song he wrote; worried about Francesca.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 80: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 27 December 1885Add to your cart.
Has sent her his own writing of an old song "In Endless Bliss"; if not good, still is composed with right musical principles; gives example (drawn) of own barring.  Letter unfinished.  1 s. (3 p.)
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 3 January 1886Add to your cart.
Rosie's birthday; received letters from Francesca, Miss Gladstone (about marriage), Lilias Trotter (pet pupil) which he will send, her sister, and from Katie Greenaway, and from his god-daughter; description of Rosie.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 2: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 9 January 1886Add to your cart.
Almost all re his former illness:  what caused it etc. as overwork and Lacerta's visit and (Kate) Greenaway's painting; working and writing now on autobiography; will burn her (Mrs. Alexander's) letters at he request.  1 s. (4 p.)
Folder 3: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 9 January 1886Add to your cart.

Explains enclosures.  Enclosed:

1.  Drawings, watercolor and pencil, by Lilias, of flowers, children, houses, 3 dated

2.  Letter from Lilias Trotter (?), January 1st, 1886.

3.  New Year's Card, with drawings, verse etc.

4.  Letter from Dorrie Collingwood, December 31st, 1885.

5.  letter from Mary Gladstone, December 28th, 1885.

6.  Letter from Mich [Mrs. Margaret Burns], December 19th, 1885.  7 s. (20 p.)

Folder 4: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 10 January 1886Add to your cart.
Re details of selling drawings etc.; tells about new seagull.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 5: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 17 January 1886Add to your cart.
Re details of work he plans to do, stories to be published etc.; compares Francesca and Lilias talents; tells about Mich [see letter of January 9th]; mentions Rosie.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 6: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 20 January 1886Add to your cart.

Thanks her for grapes; explains enclosed old letter from "Granny."

Enclosed;  letter from "Granny."  3 s. (9 p.)

Folder 7: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 24 January 1886Add to your cart.
Says his business is hers; explanation of reasons for old illness; mentions letter sent to Mrs. Alexander from "Granny."  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 8: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 27 January 1886Add to your cart.

Has given Superiora drawings and text to Helen Gladstone's college at Cambridge etc.; encloses "Mary's letter" about them and herself (missing); tells of answer; encloses letter from K.G. [Kate Greenaway].

Enclosed, letter from "Katie" dated January 25, 1886.  Ink sketch.  2 s. (6 p.)

Folder 9: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 29 January 1886Add to your cart.
Tells about "Grannie"; mentions relationship with Mrs. L(acerta?)  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 10: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 5 February 1886Add to your cart.
Speaks of Grannie; Joanie is well; though very busy; irritated tone.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 11: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 7 February 1886Add to your cart.

Quarreled with Miss [Mary Gladstone; wants picture of American girl; writing not work, only wear and tear.

Enclosed:  letter from M[ary] G[ladstone], February 3, 1886.  2 s. (4 p.)

Folder 12: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 14 February 1886Add to your cart.
Thinks of Rosie [La Touches] or other girls constantly; "Law of life is to enjoy manual work, for most people."  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 13: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 21 February 1886Add to your cart.
Understands good, but is not good himself; mentions Praeterita; Joan in London, lonely except for blackbird at breakfast.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 14: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 27 February 1886Add to your cart.

Will keep her letters secret, at her request; re his feelings about young girls; complains that Francesca does not understand him; like almond blossoms; encloses letter from Joan.

Enclosed:  Letter from Joan (Mrs. Severn), February 26th, 1886.  2 s. (8 p.)

Folder 15: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 1 March 1886Add to your cart.

Explanation of enclosed.

Enclosed:  letter from Rosie (unfinished) August 6, 1872.  2 s. (4 p.)

Folder 16: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2 March 1886Add to your cart.
Letter from Rose [La Touches] with note by Ruskin.  2 s. (7 p.)
Folder 17: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2 March 1886Add to your cart.

Rereading old letters for materials for autobiography; tells about "little wood girl", his present etc., and birthday tea with the ship-carpenter and his family.

Enclosed:  Letter from M. St. A. Hilliard--mentioned by Ruskin as childhood playmate.  2 s. (7 p.)

Folder 18: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2 March 1886Add to your cart.

Explanation of enclosed "scrap"; snow deep.

Enclosed:  Part of envelope, addressed to Ruskin, from Eva Stuart [see march 8, 1886].  1 s. (1 p.)

Folder 19: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 6 March 1886Add to your cart.
Re Francesca not understanding him, has relationship with girls etc.; repents other failures, as his duty to parents, neglect of poor etc.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 20: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 7 March 1886Add to your cart.
Re his dislike of Sundays; says Francesca does not understand him.  1 s. (2 p.)
Folder 21: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 7 March 1886Add to your cart.
Re girls; encloses old letter to be returned; recommends new French novel:  La Morte.  1 s. (3 p.)
Folder 22: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 8 March 1886Add to your cart.

Re Rosie, and enclosed letters from her.

Enclosed:  2 letters from Rose [La Touche]:  December 3, and September 30, 1874.  5 s. (17 p.)

Folder 23: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 8 March 1886Add to your cart.

Re a possible Blatonic marriage with Rosie; encloses letter from Eva Stuart, an Irish friends, an Irish friend, and also two of his own to Rosie, never sent.

Enclosed: letter from Eva Stuart, September 29th [?]

Letters of Rose, October 14 and 15, 1874.  6 s. (13 p.)

Folder 24: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 10 March 1886Add to your cart.

Re enclosed from Rosie; tells of scalded foot.

Enclosed:  letter from Rose, n.d., also poem, "Love," by Rose.  5 s. (11 p.)

Folder 25: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917 A.L.S. to John Ruskin. Florence, Italy, 13 March 1886Add to your cart.
Received letter from him with one of Rosie; is sorry he is ill with the scald; will write longer letter later.  1s. (1p.)
Folder 26: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 March 1886Add to your cart.
Re advisability of caution in letters, etc., and his own reactions to anger and grief; mentions G.D. -Connie Oldham, Connie Hilliard, and Joanie] 1s. (3p.)
Folder 27: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917. A.L.S. to John Ruskin. Florence, Italy., 14 March 1886Add to your cart.
Writes on letter from Rosie received that day before; is waiting to hear of poetry.  1s. (3p.)
Folder 28: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 15 March 1886Add to your cart.
Mentions Rosie's poetry, Joanie's illness, etc.; directs Francesca to read specific passages in New Testament about St. Paul etc. who was NOT a wicked man. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 29: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 16 March 1886Add to your cart.
Poem sent March 20th [1886] by Rose copied by Joan; related incident during Rose's last illness. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 30: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917. A.L.S. to John Ruskin. Florence, Italy., 20 March 1886Add to your cart.
Thanks him for having confidence in her; poetry was written by Rosie; mentions visit of Pro. Gregory. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 31: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 28 March 1886Add to your cart.
Crushed that Mrs. Alexander doe not read French novels--reads little else himself, ect. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 32: Ruskin, John to Friends, 30 March 1886Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 4 April 1886Add to your cart.
Messages for Francesca; liked what Mrs. Alexander said about Gregory. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 34: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 10 April 1886Add to your cart.
Despondent; Joanie leaves for London soon, Clemmie, her daughter, ignores him; working hard, on Praeterita etc.; gives details on other work; health fair. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 35: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 17 April 1886Add to your cart.
Fear of illness and death; must work at many things to do anything; analysis of Joan; tells about a friend, a woodcutter.  1s. (4p.)
Folder 36: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 18 April 1886Add to your cart.
Work good for him:  vaxation or anger makes him ill; pet seagull lost and Collingwood married; neither Alexander seems to know him at all. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 37: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 24 April 1886Add to your cart.
Misc. thoughts on music, art, girls etc.
Folder 38: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 25 April 1886Add to your cart.
Has plan for autobiography; re health; mentions reading Bible.
Folder 39: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. Ms. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 28 April 1886Add to your cart.
A page of Ms. (copied for printer with note to Francesca telling the difficulty of writing even an "easy" passage.
Folder 40: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 1 May 1886Add to your cart.
Re atoning for sin (with Biblical ref.); has sent G[od] D[aughter]'s letters to Francesca; mentions Joanie and her children.  1s. (3p.)
Folder 41: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2 May 1886Add to your cart.
Re his letters to her; never gets the things he wants through prayer; mentions his "grannie", Praeterita, etc. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 42: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 8 May 1886Add to your cart.
Feels out of sorts, has very few friends, health failing; mentions Newman etc. 1s (3p.)
Folder 43: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917. A.L.S. to John Ruskin. Florence, Italy., 14 May 1886Add to your cart.
Gives her and her mother's opinion on the pictures he has sent. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 44: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 16 May 1886Add to your cart.
Re health etc.; tells story of English wife of Roman Prince; gives advice. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 45: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 23 May 1886Add to your cart.
Advice about painting; do portraits rarely etc.; likes Francesca's friend, Miss Lloyd; misc comments on Francesca.  1s. (4p.)
Folder 46: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 30 May 1886Add to your cart.
General remarks on Francesca, specific advice about painting; more sketching etc.; is fairly well himself. 1s (3p.)
Folder 47: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 5 June 1886Add to your cart.
Finished fifth part of Praeterita; tells of afternoon ride, children and tea; feels well; mentions specific stories. 1s (3p.)
Folder 48: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 9 June 1886Add to your cart.
Specific advice on painting:  portraits, sketching, light and shade etc; favors idea of book of saint stories. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 49: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 June 1886Add to your cart.
Apologizes for letters; also for delaying work on proofs of stories; mislaid a letter with story about the horse etc.; has sent drawings to Kate Greenaway.
Folder 50: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 27 June 1886Add to your cart.

Working; health good; amusing description of local crisis:  quarrel of Clergyman, school mistress, "radical Squire," and Ruskin.

Enclosed newspaper clipping, "Mr. Ruskin and Chapel Debts." 1s. (3p.)

Folder 51: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 28 June 1886Add to your cart.
Mostly re health; mentions quarrel of Squire erc. (see letter to Francesca June 27th) 1s (3p.)
Folder 52: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 8 August 1886Add to your cart.
Has been very ill; cannot draw angels from people who smoke; values her letters highly; frightened by illness. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 53: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 15 August 1886Add to your cart.
Mostly re illness and detailed description of dreams and delirium; feels last half of autobiography will be better than first; mentions "smoking boys" again; says she rarely captures the "prettiness" of girls, in her work. 1s (4p.)
Folder 54: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 22 August 1886Add to your cart.
Is lonely and sick; is afraid of dying; asks her to draw him some ground weeds. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 55: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 5 September 1886Add to your cart.
Has started going to church occasionally; has made friends of two daughters of an old friend (Constance Richmond Wolloston) and has tea with them and Clemmie (Severn) etc. 1s (2p.)
Folder 56: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 6 September 1886Add to your cart.
Re drawing and engraving; health better; "the 12 and 15 ones" [see letter September 5] "Are a great help against Clemmie." 1s. (2p.)
Folder 57: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 8 September 1886Add to your cart.
Enjoying "12 and 15 girls" [see letters from September 5 and 6]; looking at old drawings and finds them better than ever; recommends a brief preparatory sketch first; has finished No. 7 of Praeterita; thanks her for pears. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 58: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 24 September 1886Add to your cart.

Re drawings of flowers Francesca has sent him:  beautiful, gives advice on other ways to draw flowers; pretty well off; mentions Joanie and Clemmie (her daughter).

On page 2 a sketch of flowers, ink and (?) watercolor. 1s. (3p.)

Folder 59: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 3 October 1886Add to your cart.
Re working on stories, i.e. Polissena; fearful of further illness; feels old friends no longer understand him; work on Praeterita becoming "tragic"; but is consoled by the many pretty girls around him (Joanie, Diddie etc.) 1s. (4p.)
Folder 60: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 10 October 1886Add to your cart.

Misc. advice, on drawing etc.

[p.3 written by S. Anderson, secretary to Ruskin].

Enclosed:  letter from Sarah D. Anderson. 2s. (6p.)

Folder 61: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 11 October 1886Add to your cart.
Worried about interfering with Francesca; her recent drawings not worthy of her; teases Joan, Clemmie, whole household. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 62: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 25 October 1886Add to your cart.
Misc. advice; is beginning to win over Clemmie a little; very active. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 63: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 31 October 1886Add to your cart.

Misc. remarks; advice on drawing.  1s. (2p.)

(part of page 1 missing)

Folder 64: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 7 November 1886Add to your cart.

Working hard; Praeterita coming well.  1s. (1p.)

(page 1 missing)

Folder 65: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 10 November 1886Add to your cart.
Has been reading "Catina" [a story by Francesca] to his "little woodgirl"; finds much help in it; will work on it and "Polisscena" and probably bring both out by Christmas; has sent "Catina" to his God-mother to copy. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 66: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 14 November 1886Add to your cart.

Re his loneliness etc.; misses Joan; his chief pleasure working on plans for village school, but that takes much of his time away from writing, etc.

Enclosed:  half a page from some other letter 2s. (4p.)

Folder 67: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 21 November 1886Add to your cart.
Mentions specifically many stories and characters that Francesca has written him.  1s.  (2p.)
Folder 68: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 24 November 1886Add to your cart.

Encloses God-daughter's letter, expressing her enjoyment in copying Francesca's letters.

Enclosed letter from G.D. [Connie Oldham]; also letter from Ned [Burne-Jones] 4s.  (13p.)

Folder 69: Gladstone, Helen, 1849-1925. A.L.S. to John Ruskin, n.p., 25 November 1886Add to your cart.
Letter enclosed, without comment, from Helen Gladstone, re drawings, November 21, 1886. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 70: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 28 November 1886Add to your cart.

Likes to tease Mrs. Alexander and confide in her; mentions letter from Miss Gladstone (see Novmeber 25, 1886)

(page 2 missing) 1s. (2p.)

Folder 71: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 28 November 1886Add to your cart.
Misc. remarks on letters, stories, etc. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 72: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 29 November 1886Add to your cart.
Explains how he broke his nose; mentions Lou Stroke; discusses beauty of women, and misc. subjects. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 73: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 30 November 1886Add to your cart.
Expl. "Ned" is Burne-Jones; encloses a photograph from his drawing of Miss [Helen] Gladstone [missing]; has written preface to Polissena, and is working; is sending friends, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Rooke, to call on Francesca, while in Florence, drawing etc. for him. 1s (3p.)
Folder 74: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 8 December 1886Add to your cart.
Mentions Burne-Jones; discusses the kind of church service he likes. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 75: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 22, 27 December 1886Add to your cart.

Re his friends in Italy that visited the Alexander’s [The Rookes? See letter November 30]; will try to do as Mrs. Alexander bids; encloses copy of exercise he wrote for the "little shepardess"-- has no words; mentions "Isle of Skye"

Enclosed:  Music, December 1, 1886.

Mostly re Isle of Skye:  gives words etc., explains who Argie is; mentions Clemmie; mentions specific stories. 3s. (7p.)

Folder 76: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2 January 1887Add to your cart.
Mentions "Ethel", the Rookes etc.; tells about New Years tea and afternoon drawing class with the shephardness, milkmaid et al, singing Christmas hymns. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 77: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 9 January 1887Add to your cart.
Sending proof to her for corrections of Italien etc.; mentions Polissena and specific details of other stories; health good, but works best without sleep; feels agitated from quarrel with ? [crossed out]; 10th Praeterita finished. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 78: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 16 January 1887Add to your cart.
Illness better; re what upsets him and makes him ill in general [very much crossed out--probably names.] 1s (2p.)
Folder 79: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 February 1887Add to your cart.
Re health etc.; tells of afternoon spent with 7-girl class... who played outside later; mentions Lily, Rooke, Newman; and 2nd <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Folk</span> & 10th Praeterita gone to printers for proof. 1s (2p.)
Folder 80: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 20 February 1887Add to your cart.
Feels guilty at his own discontent, but wants "a pet all his own'; ashamed at failure of "all my great plans" etc.; tells anecdote about his "girl class"; will send some letters from girls tomorrow. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 81: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 13 March 1887Add to your cart.
Details of book; likes letter about bees and cows. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 82: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 19 March 1887Add to your cart.
Re tunes he writes:  Joan copies them and the girls play and dance to them; tells of trying to teach the drawing of melons; mentions Mt. Bardell (?) 1s. (2p.)
Folder 83: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 26 March 1887Add to your cart.
Joanie visiting alone, is very grateful for presents; speaks of (drawing) class, his greenhouse.  1s. (3p.)
Folder 84: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 27 March 1887Add to your cart.
Misc. comments. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 85: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 27 March 1887Add to your cart.

(First letter dated 27 Mar 1887 on inventory missing)

Mentions book, Praeterita; interested in Francesca's notes about her father; calls Mrs. Alexander "harder than C [lennie Severn?] herself"; earthquake. 1s. (2p.)

Folder 86: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. n.p., 17 April 1887Add to your cart.
One sheet; 1 page proof MS. to "The Story of Maria and Metilde Seghi", one page "Postscript" of Ruskin (see letter to Francesca March 27, 1887).
Folder 87: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 21 April 1887Add to your cart.

Mentions "Isle of Skye" (see December 22 &27th, 1886); enclosed new exercise.

Enclosed: Music and words. 1s. (2p.)

Folder 88: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 23 April 1887Add to your cart.
Re research questions on some prints of Florence he has, for Mrs. Alexander; also ditto and messages to Newman; is sending some of his drawings to her; bothered that she does not read French novels. 2s. (5p.)
Folder 89: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 20 May 1887Add to your cart.

Speaks of a great and ludicrous tragedy, probably re Rose.

[Most of page 1, 2, and 3 cut out-- misc. scraps enclosed.] 4s. (7p.- very mutilated)

Folder 90: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 22 May 1887Add to your cart.

Has just finished long period of unhappiness; working on Praeterita; delights in new stories. 2s. (4p.)

(part of page 2 missing)

Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 11 June 1887Add to your cart.
Has felt depressed, but health fairly good; tells about a friend, Mrs. Firth; suggests the Alexander's visit him; mentions details of stories.  1s. (3p.)
Folder 2: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 18 June 1887Add to your cart.
Re old anxiety, fear of death, quarrels with Joanie etc.; apologies for pain he has caused her; mentions preface to book. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 3: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 21 June 1887Add to your cart.
Misc. comments; mentions stories and drawings, specifically; has sent children's new nurse away to Scotland for the summer. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 4: Alexander, Francesca to John Ruskin Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917 A.L.S. to John Ruskin. All'Abetone, Italy, 20 July 1887Add to your cart.
Is glad he is well again; retells part if a story heard from Polissina. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 5: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Paris Hotel, Folkstone, France, 22 September 1887Add to your cart.
Rereading her old letters; tells about Hotel Paris:  his using servants for his own, beautiful scenery, girls, music (anecdote about bant) et al. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 6: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Paris Hotel, Folkstone, France, 23 September 1887Add to your cart.
Has been very ill but recovered rapidly; sailed boat; re details of stories and drawings, naming what he likes specifically, mentions Joanie. 1s (4p.)
Folder 7: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Paris Hotel, Folkstone, France, 10 October 1887Add to your cart.
Re details of book; will go to France, to loom at architecture, etc; gives Francesca advice about eyes, work, etc. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 8: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Paris Hotel, Folkstone, France, 11 October 1887Add to your cart.

Re where to direct letters in the future; has "Lost his life among picture and stone instead of people"; find her letters delightful; description of sky.

Enclosed letter from Newspaper (n.d.) written by Ruskin. 1s. (4p.)

Folder 9: Oldham, Connie  to John Ruskin, n.p., 16 October 1887Add to your cart.
Letter from Doedie (Mrs. Lees?) from "Kelbarrow, Grasmere, Westmoreland" 1s. (4p.)
Folder 10: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Morley's Hotel, 22 October 1887Add to your cart.
Misc. remarks on their relationship and about Francesca; apologies for atmosphere of sadness he has felt and transmitted in letters etc. 1s (3p.)
Folder 11: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. n.p., 24 October 1887Add to your cart.
Will leave for Abbeville tomorrow; extensive discussion of music; mostly opera and singing, including criticism of Mozart, Rossini, etc.1s. (3p.)
Folder 12: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. n.p., 25 October 1887Add to your cart.
Did not go to France after all; explains who Doadie is; tells about happiness of Severn family (Joanie, etc.):  misses them; also misses old servant Baxter; details of book. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 13: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Morleys, England., 27 October 1887Add to your cart.
Mostly re details of book; mentions his copyist:  his God-daughter, Diddle, & Gussie; asks some questions; is working on them bit by bit. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 14: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Royal Kent Hotel, England., 1 November 1887Add to your cart.
Re health, doctors, walks, et al; asks how she can tell if he is well or not; proofs arrive regularly. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 15: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Royal Kent Hotel, England., 1 November 1887Add to your cart.

Misc. remarks; enclosed letter from God-daughter (Miss Oldham); letter (Ruskin's) unfinished.

Enclosed:  letter from G.D., October 31, 1887 3s. (9p.)

Folder 16: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 9 November 1887Add to your cart.
Mostly re details of stories; mentions several enclosures, all missing; G.D. has been copying for him; working himself on a "little article about my visit to London, for the Art Magazine..." 1s. (3p.)
Folder 17: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England [?]., 11 November 1887Add to your cart.

Explains enclosure from God-daughter.

Enclosed:  letter from G.D. (Miss Oldham), November 10th, 1887. 3s. (7p.)

Folder 18: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Sandgate, England., 13 November 1887Add to your cart.
Re details of stories; describes his new rooms and view. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 19: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 18 November 1887Add to your cart.

Has sent her description of the earthquake to paper; worried about her eyes; sorry for Giammina.

Enclosed:  Two newspaper clippings from Times (n.d.) re earthquake at Florence. 1s. (2p.)

Folder 20: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917 A.L.S. to John Ruskin. Florence, Italy, 21 November 1887Add to your cart.
Tells of a sick person who is now better; is having some trouble with her eyes.
Folder 21: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Sandgate, England., 24 November 1887Add to your cart.
Misc. comments on health, servants, his pet Cat etc.; has brought some old drawings from George Barneud (?) whom he describes; mentions Joan, details of stories.  1s. (4p.)
Folder 22: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 11 December 1887Add to your cart.
All re enclosed letters [missing] from Rosie: explaining nicknames etc. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 23: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander.  Sandgate, England., 18 December 1887Add to your cart.
Feels well and working hard; going to London for presentation to British Museum of a diamond and ruby; back for Christmas; Severn family well and happy; mentions Giammina. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 24: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 18 December 1887Add to your cart.
Describes how happy he is; tells of plans made with Severn family, including a possible visit nest year to Italy; mentions Praeterita and details of book; painting. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 25: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 30 December 1887Add to your cart.

Encloses "scrap of old note"; lonely, no "victory" in his life, "totally dependant on Strangers-- the cat, and the seagulls"; mentions Kate Greenway.

Enclosed: One page. 2s. (3p.)

Folder 26: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 31 December 1887Add to your cart.
Re details of stories he likes; describes snow and sea at midnight, New Years Eve; has letter from Joanie, etc. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 27: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 2 January 1888Add to your cart.
Misc. comments on book, and what he should like to do; wants his bell back; tells about new music teacher; enclosure from Kate Greenaway [missing]; mentions Joan etc. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 28: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 8 January 1888Add to your cart.
Speaks of loneliness and fear of death; grateful for stories; rereading some old letters of Rosie; worst time in his life was Joanie's illness; health good; painting skies, still with difficulty [see December 18, 1887].  Tells of jewels given to British Museum, and encloses labels [missing] [see December 18, 1887, to Mrs. Alexander.] 1s. (4p.)
Folder 29: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England [?]., 6 February 1888Add to your cart.
Re proof he is enclosing [missing]; questions about story of Edwige. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 30: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917 A.L.S. to John Ruskin. Florence, Italy, 9 February 1888Add to your cart.
Remembers that today is his Birthday; tells of her garden. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 31: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 12 February 1888Add to your cart.
Recalls all her recent letters, and regrets not having answered them--very specific; tells about Joanie shopping, and Lily [her daughter] with birthday present, and pony; feels dull and has nothing to say to those who call; questions; many misc. remarks. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 32: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 19 February 1888Add to your cart.
Describes mood and troubles; thinking she is bothered by people too much; thinks she should not answer questions about him; mentions pet seagull; cannot get any Chinese White to finish skies he is painting; speaks of rainbows, how he misses them--many at Brantwood. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 33: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 26 February 1888Add to your cart.
Working; tells about woman who wants to make a "selection" of his "ethical teachings"; mentions Joanie, Miss Greenaway, and relates story of God-daughter's parrot; speaks of specific points in stories, biographies, poet Cooper's illness etc. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 34: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 4 March 1888Add to your cart.

Map of lodgings and environs, p.l; encloses key to map; tells of arrival of Joan and Kate Greenaway; K.G. pleased with engravings; plans for visit, starting possibly April 20, etc.; likes story of Angelina's Baptism; tells of new "sweetheart" like R[osie] in character.

Enclosed: Key to Map. 2s. (5p.)

Folder 35: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 8 April 1888Add to your cart.
Mostly re difficulties, troubles, misunderstandings etc. of last few weeks, with Joan, doctors, servants, et al; speaks of Rosie, and her assistance to him; working hard now, especially on Praeterita. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 36: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Hotel, Maurice, England., 3 December 1888Add to your cart.
Unfinished letter, written when ill, re Joanie, Francesca  and himself etc.  This letter was enclosed in one from W.G. Collinwood, March 26, 1892 from "Lanehead" re details of Christ's Folk etc.; Ruskin ill.  (incomplete) 2s. (6p.)
Folder 37: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917 A.L.S. to John Ruskin. Florence, Italy [?], 7 December 1888Add to your cart.
Held a delightful party for Edwige's grandchildren; notices how he hardly ever mentions Joanie in his letters. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 38: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sandgate, England., 15 April 1888Add to your cart.
Happy in his work, his sketches are being photographed etc.; mentions God-daughter, Giammina; explains coincidence which seemingly is direct help from Rosie (!)-- re second hand books, about Luther etc... (Incomplete) 1s. (4p.)
Folder 39: Severn, Joan, 1846-1924 to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 2 May 1891Add to your cart.
Letter from Joan, with note "Love to Mammina and Sorella" from Ruskin. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 40: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Beauvais, Oise., 8 July 1888Add to your cart.
Has been ill and therefore has not written; mentions Joan; will send wedding present to Carloforte has received "end of baker story"; will travel to Alps, and thence to Italy if possible. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 41: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Beauvais, Oise., 10 July 1888Add to your cart.
Working hard; will go to Alps with Joanie, as in 1882; re Carloforté, is sending 50 guineas to him and Amelia; will recommence work on Christ's Folk; has been having fancies about Rosie and Giammina; wonders what to do with the final drawing of Ida--suggests Griton College.  1s. (4p.)
Folder 42: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Beauvais, Oise., 11 July 1888Add to your cart.
Questions on specific stories:  arise when working on Vol. III; hopes her eyes are all right; suggests she study some way of painting "that will not try them" and make designs for fresco or stained glass. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 43: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Beauvais, Otis., 16 July 1888Add to your cart.
Re stories; discusses Alpine peasentry, etc.; mentions Rose, Praeterita. (part of letter missing) 1s. (2p.)
Folder 44: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Beauvais, Otis., 16, 23 July 1888Add to your cart.

Advises against oil painting; misc. comments on book, Joanie etc.; tells about fruit market.

Misc. remarks on Rose, book, etc. tells of seeing fireworks; sends complicated list of expenses, in "Napoleons," "Francs," "Souls"; thinks Catina a horrid place; health fairly good.  2s. (7p.)

Folder 45: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Beauvais, Otis., 5 August 1888Add to your cart.

Plans for Paris and the opera; mentions Rose; enclosing proof; misc. remarks.

Enclosed:  four sheets proof.. with marginal notes and additions by Ruskin. (parts of letter missing). 5s. (7p.)

Folder 45b: Page proofs for “Christ’s Folk” with notes by RuskinAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Hotel Meurice, Paris, France, 25 August 1888Add to your cart.
Plans for meeting her in Italy; very happy, well, and busy in Paris--out all day, working on Praeterita; tells of flirtations with shop girls; mentions Joan. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 47: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander.  Paris, France., 26 August 1888Add to your cart.
Re very active, enjoyable life. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 48: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Morez, Jura, 2 September 1888Add to your cart.
Good trip from Paris; starting for Alps in half an hour. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 49: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sallenches-Svoy., 10 September 1888Add to your cart.
Plans for trip; weather very bad; mentions books. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 50: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Sallenches., 12 September 1888Add to your cart.
Details of plans to travel to Italy and Alps; wants to see Alexander's most of all, but will also do some drawing when weather permits; writing now; wishes he knew Italina to reply to kindness of people. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 51: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Chamoni., 14 September 1888Add to your cart.
Health excellent; describes and work he is doing; wants letters telling of her plans for him; sending her copy (in his hand) of letter from her, August 9th, 1888. (part of letter missing) 2s. (7p.)
Folder 52: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Chamonix., 16 September 1888Add to your cart.
Misc. comments and questions, re trip, scenery etc. also music:  detests all Beethoven. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 53: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Chamonix., 17 September 1888Add to your cart.
Annoyed that letters cross; discusses plans for say in Italy. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 54: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Domo d'Ossola., 21 September 1888Add to your cart.
Across the alps, will arrive at Milan tomorrow et. al; trip not very good, but health fair. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 55: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Milan, Italy., 23 September 1888Add to your cart.
Re plans for trip etc.; still fears some misfortune may prevent their seeing each other after all, though health good etc.; mentions Rose, M. Blow; tells about young boy with him; related incident on train. 2s. (8p.)
Folder 56: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Milan, Italy., 24 September 1888Add to your cart.
Health fair, but feels depressed and sad; had given up plan of doing anything in Italy except see her-- no work, drawing etc. so M. Blow will go to Venice alone; comments on her drawing; fears they will be disappointed in him. 1s. (4p.)
Folder 57: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander., 15, 26 September 1888Add to your cart.
Two telegrams to Francesca re plans for meeting in Italy. Copy. 2s. (4p.)
Folder 58: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Venice., 6 October 1888Add to your cart.
Thanking her and her mother for their love and kindness to him; finds Venice "had no charm" for him; feels cheerless. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 59: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Venice., 10 October 1888Add to your cart.
Finds himself "totally changed from the old stone and canvas hunter" and "loving people are not everything..."; message to Signor Balester (?); mentions an artist, Ruth Mercier, who has just written him and is a friend of Francesca. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 60: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Venice., 16 October 1888Add to your cart.
Comments upon her description of Dalmatian mountains; leaving Italy for Switzerland; feels restless and unhappy. 1s. (2p.)
Folder 61: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917 A.L.S. to John Ruskin. Florence, Italy, 17 April 1889Add to your cart.
Writes more about Asiago and the Sette Comuni. Tells him about her grandmother. 2s. (8p.)
Folder 62: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 5 May 1889Add to your cart.
On Joanies dreams; his own dream about Rosie; views on God as Father or as brother; progress of garden. 1s. (3p.)
Folder 63: Severn, Joan, 1846-1924 to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., 6 May 1889Add to your cart.
Enclosure from May 5th, 1889 letter.  1s. (2p.)
Folder 64: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Francesca Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., n.d.Add to your cart.
Discusses help of Christ; disagrees with what she has said; misc. remarks. 1s. (1p.)
Folder 65: Alexander, Francesca, 1837-1917 A.L.S. to John Ruskin. Venice, Italy, 17 June ?Add to your cart.

Is sending him all information known on Giorgione.

At bottom of 2nd page is a letter to ____ Professore.

Written in Italian from G. Boni [?] 1s. (2p.)

Folder 66: Alexander, Francesca to Unidentified, [1915?]Add to your cart.
Probably written late in life; about 1915?; apologizes for not writing sooner; is ill with bad eyes; speaks about a wealthy woman? 1s. (6p.)
Folder 67: Ruskin, John, 1819-1900. A.L.S. to Lucia Alexander. Brantwood, Cumbria, England., n.d.Add to your cart.
Please send writing on Etruscan; approves of plan about x. 1s. (1p.)

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