Film ID:
YFA 1240



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This is an amateur documentary made by Jack Eley about the places in the Lake District where John Ruskin lived. The commentary explains the places shown and the life of Ruskin.

Title: 'Ruskin Country'

The film opens with the painting by Isabella Jay, Portrait of John Ruskin after Herkomer. This is followed by the Ruskin Memorial at Friars Crag, Derwentwater, which has the inscription: 'The first thing which I remember as an event in life was being taken by my nurse to the brow of friar's crag on Derwentwater'. The Lake Derwent and the surrounding countryside are shown as well as a road sign for the 'A593 Coniston'. In the village, a woman, with a white shirt and black slacks, sits down with a map outside a village house, and the Black Bull Hotel is seen in the background. The woman goes into the Ruskin Museum where the material on display is shown. Two model boats are discussed by the commentary. The woman then walks over to the local church yard to visit Ruskin's grave.

At a lakeside camping area, some children play next to a boat by the lake. On the opposite side of the lake is Brantwood where Ruskin spent the last 30 years of his life. The woman looks across the lake through binoculars at Ruskin's House. The hull of the steam yacht Gondilla can be seen. Designed by Ruskin, the yacht took passengers on Coniston water for over 80 years. The views of the crag across Coniston are shown. There are a couple of horses, and a woman walks along the shore by Brantwood before she sits looking at the view. She then walks up to the house, carrying a bag - possibly for the cine camera - and stops to smell some Rhododendrons on the way. A sign for Brantwood House is shown, and the woman goes into the house, where there is Collingwood's portrait of Ruskin at his desk at Brantwood. The film shows the collection of art works inside the house.

Outside the house the woman looks at Ruskin's horse drawn carriage and his invalid carriage. She then makes her way down to the jetty with Ruskin's boat 'The Jumping Jenny'. At Tarn Hows, a woman paints the landscape at an easel where there are adult education courses. At Hawskshead, members of the class paint the 15th century church. Tye village is shown from the church yard, and cars pass through the village. The film shows Ann Tysons House where Wordsworth once lodged.

Next the film shows a sign for Beatrix Potter's House, which is shown at Hill Top Farm, Sawrey. A woman turns the pages of a book, the 'Tale of Peter Rabbit' by Beatrix Potter. A group of people sit outside a building, and then a Castlerigg Stone Circle sign is shown as well as the stones themselves. At Dungeon Ghyll in Langdale Valley, the film shows waterfalls and streams. Some walkers are go up a mountain path. The woman skims some stones over the Brathay River, and the film shows Skelwith Bridge and Brathay Bridge. The film ends again looking across Coniston Waters from the shore by Ruskin's house.