JOHN RUSKIN (1819 – 1900) was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and was one of the greatest Victorians. He was an artist, art critic, amateur geologist, teacher, writer, philanthropist and philosopher! He despised capitalism and his greatest desire was to open people’s eyes to the free beauties of nature surrounding them. His creed was: ‘There is no wealth but life.’
In 1871, Ruskin moved to Brantwood at Coniston in the Lake District, where he was visited by many eminent Victorians, including Charles Darwin, Holman Hunt, Kate Greenaway and Henry Holiday.