Ruskin, John Lectures on Art

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Lectures on Art

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9781406840865: Lectures on Art

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...seen there. In other districts, where all this depends on the horses and their leaders, it cannot be expected that the work should be so generally well done. But 1 hope this hint will be sufficient to introduce the improvement (now very old in Norfolk) to more general notice. The farmers, I suppose, may send for them, if their neighbouring agricultural-implement makers do not. The wheat is drilled eight inches from row to row, about three bushels to the acre; the quantity varying according to the season and state of the land, but generally beginning with a smaller quantity, and increasing it as the season advances. Would dibble part, if he would get the dropping done well. To prevent smut, the wheat is prepared for sowing thus:--To three gallons of boiling water a quarter of a peck of quicklime is added, and, after boiling, when effervescing, three pints of strong salt-brine are added, the whole being then stirred up and mixed together. This is poured over three bushels of wheat, which is then turned four times, sweeping the corn up quite clean after each turning. The growing wheat is hand-hoed for Is. Gd. or 2s. per acre. To mow 300 acres of wheat, Mr. Hudson has thirty-four men as mowers. Kach mower is followed by two women, or strong boys or girls in lieu of them. One gathers with the hand and the other prepares the band and ties it up: but they take the work alternately. This company is followed by eight team-men, who set up ten sheaves in a shock, not as suits their convenience, but, commencing with the two sheaves intended for the centre, they place two more, first on one side of them, then on the other, that the shock may be equally balanced, and therefore more likely to stand: as is shown by the numbers over each pair of the...

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John Ruskin (1819-1900) was the most influential art critic of the nineteenth century. A watercolorist, a botanist, a moralist, a sensualist, a socialist, an economist, a Romantic, a prophet, a priest, and a poet, his writings integrate the aesthetic experience with moral purpose and ecology. He established his reputation with The Stones of Venice and his masterwork, Modern Painters, then held the Slade Professorship of Art at Oxford University from 1870 to 1878. One of his students, Oscar Wilde, said of him, "To you the gods gave eloquence such as they have given no other, so that your message might come to us from the fire of passion and the marvel of music, making the deaf to hear and the blind to see. Bill Beckley is an artist who has exhibited widely in America and Europe since l970. His works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, and the Guggenheim in New York; The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He teaches Semiotics and Film at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is the editor for the Aesthetics Today series from Allworth Press.

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