Lake Scene with Building on Piers
Lake Scene with Building on Piers
Pen and ink, approx. ? × ? cm (image only). The editors of the Library Edition describe the image as “a lake with a house on piers islanded on it” (Ruskin, Works, 2:364 n. 1). The lake is surrounded by mountains, and the building on piers is surrounded by two sailboats and a rowboat with passengers. Vaguely sketched figures appear to stand or lean inside the balustrade enclosing the first story of the building, which is tall and narrow with two high windows. Its peaked roof is pierced by dormers, from one of which a pole extends hung with ragged banners or cloths. On the same page, the drawing is pasted below another drawing, Mountain Scene with Boulder Drawing; however, no connection between the drawings is evident, except for their similar, comparatively small rectangular shapes, which made their pairing convenient.