8 Jun

When he was a young man Wilson was an admirer of Ruskin. This meant that anything he drew of painted had to be absolutely accurate – nothing added, nothing taken away. His (often beautiful), drawings were absolutely precise. As he became older he started to follow Turner. This is not so odd as it appears; Ruskin wrote a defence of Turner in ‘Modern Painters’. Ruskin seems to have loved Turner because of what he (Ruskin) saw as Turner’s truthfulness to nature and Turner’s revolutionary distain for the conventional way in which most of Turner’s (and Ruskin’s) contemporaries painted landscapes. Turner combined imagination with his observations. He was innovative and came closer to nature than any other artist had done since Claude (who Turner greatly admired). Turner showed a new understanding and knowledge of nature and of her structure, but he also depicted her spirituality and Ruskin was the critic who understood this.

Edward Wilson chose two artistic giants to model his work on


  1. Clifford Stossel FRCS June 11, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    It was a surprise a delight to read Isobel Williams’ book about Edward Wilson. Little has been known about the doctor who accompanied Scott on his fateful trip to the South Pole. Now the unveiling of the depth of character of the man in his broad scientific knowledge repairs this defect. A fellow graduate of St. George’s Hospital Medical School, Isobel Williams has unravelled and explained the mystery of why the party and the whole expedition suffered from scurvy , a hundred and fifty years after James Lund saved the Royal Navy from this often fatal affliction by the use of lime juice. It is also astonishing to learn that the daily calore intake needed to man-haul sledges up the Beardmore Glacier was 11,000, a total quite impossible to provide on a daily basis. The and regard of Wilson for his wife Oriana is a humbling story in itself. The whole book is so well writen that it is a joy to read and re-read.

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