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A Mediterranean Port, possibly Algiers

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The Leeds-born Inchbold was another artist to be patronised by Ruskin in the 1850s. The fourth volume of Modern Painters, which had as its subtitle the words 'Of Mountain Beauty', was published in 1856. Inchbold, like several other landscape painters of his generation, was inspired by Ruskin's accounts of Alpine scenery to set off for Switzerland and was Ruskin's guest at Lauterbrunnen in June 1856. Ruskin could never resist the desire to instruct but in spite of this he and Inchbold remained friendly throughout 1857. It was in the following year when they spent further periods together in the Alps that their relations became strained; Ruskin wrote to his father that summer "I stayed with [Inchbold] some time, or rather made him stay with me,.....in order to make him understand where he was wrong. He was vexed with his work & yet thought it was right, and didn't know why he didn't like it, nor why nobody liked it. It was a delicate and difficult matter to make him gradually find out his own faults (it's no use telling a man of them), and took me a fortnight of innuendoes. At last I think I succeeded in making him entirely uncomfortable and ashamed of himself, and then I left him". Inchbold did not bear a grudge for the ill treatment he had received and in the years that followed he and Ruskin remained in touch, even if their correspondence was intermittent. This drawing dates from many years after Ruskin's influence had waned and probably shows the North African port of Algiers.

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Algiers, Algeria