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“My Dear Mr Ruskin….” Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal.


  • Elizabeth Gaskell's House 84 Plymouth Grove Manchester, England, M13 9LW United Kingdom (map)

“My Dear Mr Ruskin….” Friendship, Inspiration and Scandal at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

17 July 2019 – June 2020

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 11am-4pm

Included in House admission (£5 /£4), all welcome

From July 2019 Elizabeth Gaskell’s House will be exploring the friendship between the Gaskell family and John Ruskin in a new year-long exhibition as part of The Ruskin Bicentenary.

Often at odds with their contemporaries, John Ruskin and Elizabeth Gaskell were controversial writers, often sharing the same ideals. Elizabeth openly took sides when Ruskin’s wife, Effie, left him, commenting in a letter that “…She really is very close to a charming character; if she had had the small pox she would have been so.” 

This new exhibition takes us from the studios of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Italian grand tour to legacies in education and social reform, showing us that the lives of the often-overlooked contributions of Ruskin and the Gaskells’, continue to the present day. Running from 17 July 2019 until June 2020.