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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Francesca Alexander, American (Boston MA 1837 - 1917 Florence Italy)
Text with Thistle and Grass, for the "Ballad of Santa Zita" from "Tuscan Songs"
Work Type
1868 - 1882
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Physical Descriptions

Brown ink over graphite erasures on off-white wove paper
38.8 × 27.7 cm (15 1/4 × 10 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: u.r., brown ink: LXXV
  • inscription: verso, u.l., graphite: [encircled:] 38 S


Recorded Ownership History
John Ruskin. [Sven Bruntjen Fine Arts, Woodside, CA], sold; to Joseph and Deborah Goldyne, 1981, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1981

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Joseph and Deborah Goldyne in honor of Marjorie B. Cohn and Konrad Oberhuber
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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 LXXVI
  • E. T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, The Works of John Ruskin, G. Allen (London, England, 1903 -1912), vol. 32, p. 46, leaves 78 - 92
  • Van Wyck Brooks, The Dream of Arcadia: American Writers and Artists in Italy, 1760 - 1915, Dutton (New York, NY, 1958), pp. 176 - 188
  • Francesca Alexander (1837 - 1917): Drawings for "Roadside Songs of Tuscany", auct. cat., Sven H. A. Bruntjen Fine Arts (Woodside, CA, Winter 1981), p. 16, no. 38, reproduced in b/w fig. 38
  • 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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