Thursday, January 19, 2006

United In Death - January 20

Herewith this week's Friday Mashup of notables who died on a January 20:

2003 - Al Hirschfeld - Caricaturist of Broadway's brightest lights
1988 - Phillipe de Rothschild - elite chateau vintner
1948 - Mahatma Gandhi - India's pacifist bapu
1900 - John Ruskin - English writer, tireless critic of art and society

Gandhi credited John Ruskin as being perhaps the single greatest influence on his life. Ruskin's moralistic commentary about the arts and society was a foundation stone of Victorian sensibilities, and his ideas led to the formation of the National Trust, and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. His ideas inspired the Arts and Crafts movement, and the Labour Party. Ruskin is known as the "greatest Victorian bar Victoria."

Ruskin quotes here.

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