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Denmark Hill—21st Nov. My dear Sir

I have your most kind note—for which remembrance of me pray accept my sincere thanks-indeed nothing would give me greater pleasure than to wait upon you,—but I am at present in a state of confusion which I must get out of before I leave home again, and I have much to settle in London which has been waiting for my coming back—so that I must still make my Eton visit a matter of hope—as for the drawing—whatever I can do shall be at your service—but I have nothing by me at present, for I never make a drawing-I only work in bits & scraps from the real thing—fragments that are useful to me, & absurd to other people. —and moreover I dislike what I do so particularly show the spirit of one who is an artist aesthetically as well as technically.

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My dear Sir

I am pleased with your drawings and what you tell me of your father's intentions will enable me to help you farther. For some part of the four months—the first-certainly it would be well you should take lodgings in Oxford and attend my drawing school there. Then I shall see you, & be able to advise you better

Most truly yours,

J. RUSKIN.

See over. For the present, go on working in pencil from natural objects. Try this shell again getting the shade that rounds it altogether which you have quite missed

Unsuccessful art students often become critics and lecturers, and, as such, very few of them command any respect from artists. Ruskin was not only an excellent critic and writer, but his Seven Lamps of Architecture,

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Sesame and Lilies, and other books made a strong impression on the time, inducing many to study art in its various forms.

It is interesting to learn that Mr. Kojima, a Japanese banker, with whose permission most of these examples are reproduced, was so stimulated by Ruskin's writings that he studied the art of his native country and became an authority on Hiroshigo.

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