John Ruskin

1819 - 1900

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John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was an English writer, philosopher, art historian, art critic and polymath of the Victorian era. He wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy. Ruskin was heavily engaged by the work of Viollet-le-Duc which he taught to all his pupils including William Morris, notably Viollet-le-Duc's Dictionary, which he considered as "the only book of any value on architecture". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Ruskin has received more than 4,264,495 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). John Ruskin is the most popular critic, the 368th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 362nd in 2019) and the most popular British Critic.

John Ruskin was a Victorian-era art critic and social thinker. He is best known for his book Modern Painters, which was published in three volumes between 1843 and 1860.

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Among critics, John Ruskin ranks 1 out of 9After him are Vladimir Propp, Vissarion Belinsky, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Roger Ebert, Rosalind E. Krauss, Susanna Amatuni, Vincent Canby, and Todd McCarthy.

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Among people born in 1819, John Ruskin ranks 13Before him are Albert, Prince Consort, Walt Whitman, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet, Báb, Hippolyte Fizeau, and Maria II of Portugal. After him are George Eliot, Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, John Couch Adams, William T. G. Morton, George V of Hanover, and Theodor Fontane. Among people deceased in 1900, John Ruskin ranks 9Before him are Gottlieb Daimler, Max Müller, Wilhelm Steinitz, Umberto I of Italy, Ivan Aivazovsky, and Robert Luther. After him are Vladimir Solovyov, Étienne Lenoir, Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Naim Frashëri, Wilhelm Liebknecht, and John Sherman.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Ruskin ranks 368 out of 8,785Before him are Joseph Merrick (1862), Theresa May (1956), Arthur Balfour (1848), Henry Moore (1898), Francis William Aston (1877), and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (1660). After him are William Laud (1573), Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885), Harthacnut (1018), Anne, Princess Royal (1950), Calico Jack (1682), and Martin Ryle (1918).

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Among critics born in United Kingdom, John Ruskin ranks 1