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John Ruskin, British, 1819–1900
Between Verona and Vicenza stopping at the Railroad
Watercolor and graphite on wove paper
Sheet: 7 7/8 × 15 1/16 in. (20 × 38.2 cm)
Credit Line

The Stuart Collection, museum purchase funded by Francita Stuart Koelsch Ulmer

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors

Anne Elizabeth Dundas (1830-1913) (1); by family descent to the present owner; [Sotheby’s, New York, January 30, 2019, Lot 161]; purchased by MFAH, 2019. (1) This work on paper along with two others have not appeared on the art market since the 19th century. Born into one of the most historically important and ancient families in Scotland, Anne Elizabeth Dundas was the daughter of William Pitt Dundas (1801-1883) and Mary Ane Stange (d. 1883), her grandfather was Lord Arniston, Lord President of Scotland and her great uncle was Viscount Melville. She was an accomplished watercolorist and spent much of her life in the south of France. Her younger sister, Adela Dundas (1840-1887) is known to have taken drawing lessons from Ruskin’s favorite pupil, William Ward, and it would appear that the family were loosely connected with Ruskin’s circle. Anne never married and in 1913 drew up a will. She indicated that the Ruskin watercolors should be placed on loan at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and remain there for 100 years after her death, or until the death of any of Queen Victoria’s descendants who had been living in 1913, whichever came later. The last of these descendants, Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark (b. 1913), died at the age of 94 in 2007, shortly before the required century was finished. Finally in 2017 the drawings were returned to the Dundas family.