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Drawn From Life: The Ruskin Diaries, 1949-53

by Steve Hurst

A portrait of the artist as a young man in post-war austerity Oxford.

“Drawing is a means of seeing,” wrote John Ruskin, and in 1871 this most eminent of Victorians established his School of Drawing at the University of Oxford and housed it in the world’s oldest university museum, the Ashmolean. In October 1949, the young Steve Hurst first pushed his way through its grand entrance doors and began his formal education as an artist.

Based on his diaries, Drawn From Life is Hurst’s account of his time studying at the Ruskin and illustrates how much the world – and not only of art – has changed since the days immediately after the Second World War.

Cover design: Klara Smith – https://www.klarasmith.com/