John Ruskin wrote about the portrait himself, 'articles of my daily dress were all sent to the old painter for perfect realisation; but they appear in the picture more remarkable than they were in the nursery, because I am represented as running in a field at the edge of a wood.



Ruskin Sale, Sotheby's 20 May 1931. bt Votkins; H.B.Yotnakparien, New York, 1951.


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