Chester Decorative & Fine Arts Society

A Member Society of NADFAS

Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites

Lecturer: Professor Michael Wheeler

Himself a brilliant draughtsman, John Ruskin was England’s most influential art critic. Launching his career with Modern Painters, in which he argued that Turner was England’s greatest landscape painter, Ruskin went on to support the Pre-Raphaelites and attack Whistler. His Academy Notes could make or break an aspiring artist’s career. Michael Wheeler, author of Ruskin’s God, investigates the professional and personal relationships between Ruskin and John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Holman Hunt.