Arthur Severn (1842 - 1931)
Dent du Midi, from the Valley of the Rhône- early morning
Watercolour and bodycolour over traces of pencil on blue paper
inscribed in pencil on old mount (and partially strengthened in pencil) Dent du midi- from valley of the Rhone- early morning
17.4 x 25.1 cm
The Dents du Midi are a multi-summited mountain situated in the Chablais Alps in the Swiss canton of Valais. They comprise seven distinct summits and reach a height of 3257 metres (10,686 feet). Dominating the Val-d'Illiez and the Rhône Valley, to the south it faces the Lac de Salanfe, an artificial reservoir. Geologically it makes up a part of the massif Haut-Giffre. In this watercolour the Haut Cime, the highest summit, dominates the composition.
In 1871 Severn married Joan Agnew, a cousin of the Ruskins, who had acted as companion to John Ruskin's mother, who died in that year. When Ruskin then moved from Denmark Hill, in South London, to Brantwood in the Lake District, the Severns accompanied him and remained part of the household until his death. Arthur Severn's recollections of Ruskin, edited by James Dearden, were published in 1967 under the title 'The Professor'.
J.A. Gere, Pre-Raphaelite Drawings in the British Museum, London: British Museum Press, 1994.
Rachel Dickinson, John Ruskin's Correspondence with Joan Severn: Sense and Nonsense Letters. Oxford: Legenda, 2009.
James S. Dearden, ed., The Professor: Arthur Severn's Memoir of John Ruskin. London: Allen & Unwin, 1967.
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