Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper

To See Clearly – Why Ruskin Matters

Date: Thursday 19th September 2019
Venue: Temple Church
Time: 10am
Tickets: £12 (Students: £10)

John Ruskin, born 200 years ago this year, was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era as well as an art patron, draughtsman, water-colourist, prominent social thinker and philanthropist.

A true polymath, he wrote on geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy, producing essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals and even a fairy tale.

The celebrated 19th and 20th century art historian, Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper, who was Research Fellow at the V&A and author of Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and John Everett Millais, filmed with a script by Emma Thompson, delves into Ruskin’s writings and life, and uncovers the dizzying clarity of his vision, including opinions on fake news, women’s education, democratisation of culture and climate change which are compellingly prescient.

Dr Suzanne Fagence-Cooper, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival
Suzanne Fagence-Cooper,To See Clearly, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival