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After Ruskin: The Social and Political Legacies of a Victorian Prophet, 1870–1920

Stuart Eagles


Ruskin often disparaged attempts to alleviate conditions in the cities, yet he financed the pioneering early housing experiments of Octavia Hill in London, and established a museum for working men in Sheffield. At the same time, he strove to promote the rural ideal and inspired the revival of some rural handicrafts. Both a self-proclaimed ‘violent Tory of the old school’ and a ‘communist’, the paradoxical John Ruskin, the leading Victorian art and social critic, inspired a younger generation with his political ideas and social experiments. A wide range of individuals, consciously indebted to h ... More

Keywords: John Ruskin, social reform, political economy, British history, intellectual influence, Guild of St. George, Labour Party, university settlements, Whitehouse, institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199602414
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602414.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Eagles, author