Ruskin Collection exhibitions

As well as the permanent gallery in Sheffield showing a changing selection from the collection, items are often lent to exhibitions nationally and overseas.


Between 2009 and 2016, the Ruskin Collection was at the heart of three exhibitions in the Millennium Galleries presented by the Guild and Museums Sheffield .

In 2018, we lent a substantial group of works to the first monographic exhibition on Ruskin to be mounted in Venice, ‘John Ruskin: Le Pietre di Venezia’ at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Italy. Read a review here

2019 sees the Bicentenary exhibition at Two Temple Place, JOHN RUSKIN – THE POWER OF SEEING (26 January – 22 April 2019). This will mark the first time Ruskin’s remarkable collection has been shown en masse outside Sheffield, featuring examples of his own work alongside paintings, drawings and photographs by Ruskin’s contemporaries including J.M.W. Turner, George Frederic Watts and John Wharlton Bunney.

The exhibition will showcase significant objects from The Ruskin Collection including Ruskin’s St George and the Dragon, after Carpaccio (1872), and the ‘De Croy’ Book of Hours, an exquisitely illustrated religious manuscript dating from the 15th century. Bunney’s striking 231cm x 152cm oil painting Western Façade of St Mark's Basilica, Venice (1876-82) will demonstrate Ruskin’s fascination with the architecture of Venice, while his deep passion for the natural world will be represented by carefully-observed studies of botany, geology, ornithology and landscape including John James Audubon’s White Pelican (1836) and an array of dazzling minerals and geological specimens. The exhibition will also feature examples of hand-crafted furniture from the original St George’s Museum.

On 29th May 2019, a similar exhibition will open at the Millennium Galleries in Sheffield. More details about this will be available soon.

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Western Façade of St Mark's Basilica, Venice (1876-82) by John Wharlton Bunney