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27 June 1991
The Desire of My Eyes: A Life of John Ruskin 
by Wolfgang Kemp, translated by Jan Van Huerck.
HarperCollins, 526 pp., £20, March 1991, 0 00 215166 9
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... to establish a new home for the Bembridge archive is the first major attempt to give Ruskin a central place in the co-ordinated research profile of a British university. It looks at first as though WolfgangKemp’s biography is a continuation of this pattern. First published in Germany in 1983, this, too, doesn’t come from a British university. But Kemp has no patience with any notion of sympathetic ...

Back to the Wall

Nicholas Penny

21 September 1995
In Perfect Harmony: Picture and Frame 1850-1920 
edited by Eva Mendgen.
Reaktion, 278 pp., £45, May 1995, 90 400 9729 1
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... account of the conventions they opposed. But the scholarship is very impressive, faltering only in the section on the Pre-Raphaelites and other British artists. In his stimulating preliminary essay WolfgangKemp gives special attention to the highly controversial frame that Caspar David Friedrich designed for his Cross in the Mountains. It consists of a gothic arch composed of palm fronds, and a ...

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