The Seven Lamps of Architecture

Author John Ruskin (English, 1819–1900)

Object Place: London


Height x width x depth: 26.8 x 18.7 x 2.9 cm (10 9/16 x 7 3/8 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

Illustrated book: brown cloth with blind embossed lettering and decoration. Book illustrated with 15 etchings by the author. The first edition. 15 etched plates by Ruskin. List appears on page ix. Binding by Westleys and Co., Friar Street, London: brown blindstamped designs with seven round spaces lettered Reliogio, Observ/Antia, Avcto/ritas, fides, obedi/entia, memo/ria, spiritus Front cover stamped in gold: R.M. HUNT Front free endpaper handlettered in pen and gray ink: R. M. Hunt Front free endpaper signed in graphite pencil: Richard Morris Hunt Printed errata slip opposite page 1. Bound in is Smith, Elder, and Co. catalogue dated February 1851, 16 pp.


Lloyd and Vivian Hawes, Wellesley, MA; her bequest to MFA, June 2000.

Credit Line

The Lloyd and Vivian Hawes Collection