Born: February 8, 1819
Died: January 20, 1900
Occupation: Writer, draughtsman, watercolourist, philanthropist
Biography: John Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to political economy. His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied.