A collection of seventy-five signed letters sent by John Ruskin, the preeminent English art critic of the Victorian era who championed the work of J.M.W. Turner, are to be auctioned at Bonhams ‘Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs’ sale at Knightsbridge, London, on 12 November 2014. The letters, of which thirty-seven are still unpublished, are estimated to realise £30,000 - 40,000.
Interest in the love-triangle of John Ruskin, Effie Gray and John Everett Millais has greatly intensified after the recent release of the box office-hit Effie Gray. The doomed marriage of Ruskin and Gray, defined by his incomprehensible coldness and her affair with the artist (and one-time friend of Ruskin) Millais, undeniably provides a compelling story. Indeed, the scandal has long captured the public’s imagination, providing the subject of the 1912 silent film The Love of John Ruskin, the 1975 BBC series The Love School starring Peter Egan, and numerous stage plays.