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The 16th Mikimoto Memorial Ruskin Lecture a great success
Date: 13 November 2009
On the 4th November, Professor Barrie Bullen (University of Reading) delivered the 16th Mikimoto Memorial Ruskin Lecture under the auspices of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre, Lancaster University.
Prof. Bullen's excellent paper, entitled: Ruskin and Rossetti: a queer friendship was very well received by an audience that all but filled the rather cavernous Lecture Theatre 1 in the Management School. Present at this public lecture were staff and students of the university, Ruskin associates, invited guests, and members of the public.The lecture was followed by a reception.
The lecture detailed Ruskin's often demanding patronage of Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddall, Prof. Bullen unpicking the strands of a complicated web woven around Rossetti's artistic development during the 1850s and 1860s, and revealing how the chronology of paintings and private lives were closely interlinked.
A recording of the lecture will be available shortly. Details to follow.
Prof. Barrie Bullen
J. B. Bullen is Professor Emeritus at the University of Reading and now lectures at the Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University. He has had a long-standing interest in interdisciplinary studies and his books include The Expressive Eye: Vision and Perception in the Work of Thomas Hardy (OUP 1986), The Myth of the Renaissance in Nineteenth-Century Writing (OUP 1995), and The Pre-Raphaelite Body: Fear and Desire in Painting, Poetry and Criticism (OUP1998). He has published articles on Coleridge, Ruskin, Dickens, George Eliot, Browning, and Pater; he has edited Roger Fry's Vision and Design (OUP 1981), Clive Bell's Art (OUP 1987) and has compiled Post-Impressionists in England (1988). In 2003 he published a history of the Byzantine Revival entitled Byzantium Rediscovered (Phaidon Press), and in 2005 European Crosscurrents: British Criticism and Continental Art, 1810-1910 with Oxford University Press. He has contributed the entry for Dante Gabriel Rossetti for the new DNB. He is editor of the FOCI series of Reaktion Books, assistant editor of the new Oxford Companion to English Literature, and editor of the series 'Cultural Interactions' for Peter Lang. His critical biography of Dante Gabriel Rossetti will be published in 2010.
The Mikimoto Memorial Ruskin Lecture: Background.
This memorial lecture was planned as one of the commemorative events of the tenth anniversary of the Ruskin Library of Tokyo in 1994. The Ruskin Library of Tokyo had three projects for the commemoration: firstly, a 'Ruskin Symposium' in Tokyo, secondly, the publication of Ruskin's Letters in the Mikimoto Collection, and, finally, setting up a special lecture in memory of Ryuzo Mikimoto in the Ruskin Programme at Lancaster University (now the Ruskin Library and Research Centre). The Trustees of the Ruskin Library in Tokyo donated two million yen to the Ruskin Programme of Lancaster University to establish the Mikimoto Memorial Ruskin Lecture to be held annually, using interest accruing from the fund. James S. Dearden, the then Curator of the Ruskin Galleries, Bembridge School, gave the first lecture on "Ruskin To-Day" on 24th October 1995, referring to Mikimoto's Ruskin studies and the Ruskin Library of Tokyo. Since then, the lecture series has continued on ten occasions by internationally distinguished Ruskin scholars.
This lecture programme is nowadays an important legacy of Ryuzo Mikimoto at Lancaster University, along with the Mikimoto Gift at the Ruskin Library, and a symbolic event in memory of a man from the Far East, who devoted his whole life to John Ruskin without attachment to any wealth, which was inherited from his father, Kokichi Mikimoto, the 'Pearl King'.
Associated departments and research centres: Ruskin Research Centre
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