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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Francesca Alexander, American (Boston MA 1837 - 1917 Florence Italy)
Illustration with music for "On the Ancient Walls of Venice" from "Tuscan Songs"
Work Type
1868 - 1882
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink over graphite erasures on off-white wove paper
38.6 x 27.3 cm (15 3/16 x 10 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: u.r., black ink: XXXVIII
  • inscription: lower edge, black ink, in artist's hand: This little song was sung much at the time of the war in 1859, and the tune is pretty. But Annina / Bini, who taught it to me, knew only one verse, and I have never found any one who could teach me more.
John Ruskin.
Edward H. Hall.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of the Estate of Rev. Edward H. Hall
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Francesca Alexander, Tuscan Songs Collected, Translated and Illustrated by Francesca Alexander, Houghton Mifflin Company (Cambridge, MA, 1897), plate XXXV

E. T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, The Works of John Ruskin, G. Allen (London, England, 1903 -1912), vol. 32, p. 45, leaves 44 - 45

Van Wyck Brooks, The Dream of Arcadia: American Writers and Artists in Italy, 1760 - 1915, Dutton (New York, NY, 1958), pp. 176 - 188

Linda S. Ferber and William H. Gerdts, The New Path: Ruskin and the American Pre-Raphaelites, exh. cat., Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY, 1985), pp. 228 - 231

Exhibition History

32Q: 2130 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/31/2019 - 11/08/2021

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