Thurs 28th April: John Ruskin and South London - Jon Newman
Jon Newman?s new book, Sunset over Herne Hill, John Ruskin and South London seeks to set the record straight on one of South London?s most important residents. In spite of John Ruskin?s international reputation during the Victorian period, and despite ceaseless foreign travel, academic posts at Oxford and work for London museums and galleries ? Herne Hill was the place in which he grew up and where he would continue to live into old age.
Sunset over Herne Hill explores Ruskin?s local preoccupations: his antipathy to railways, his difficult relationship with the Crystal Palace, his campaign for a Gothic revival in architecture and the enduring importance to him of the natural world. It also looks at the way in which Ruskin has been since commemorated and the creation of Ruskin Park. The book concludes with an examination of the social and historical context of Herne Hill and Denmark Hill in the nineteenth century and the extent to which Ruskin and his family were integrated, or not, within its suburb.
Join Jon Newman for a fascinating look at Ruskin and his place in our local history. Jon Newman is a writer and archivist who both works in and writes about South London. His book River Effra, South London?s Secret Spine was the first comprehensive history of that vanished river and is a perennial Dulwich Books bestseller!
Location: Dulwich Books, 6 Croxted Road, West Dulwich, SE21 8SW
Time: 19.00 ? 20.30
Price: ?5 (Admission) / ?18 (Admission + copy of Sunset Over Herne Hill, RRP ?14.99)
Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jon-newm ... 5553998427
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