Mr. Ruskin and Glasgow’s “Hideous Houses”

A short notice on page four of The Glasgow Herald, on Tuesday the 10th of January, 1882, reads:


“MR RUSKIN AND GLASGOW.—Mr Moncure D. Conway, in a letter to a Cincinnati paper, says :

‘Some little time ago, when an art exhibition was about to be opened in Glasgow, Mr Ruskin was

applied to for some of his pictures. He replied that he would only be willing to lend his pictures

when Glasgow was in a fit condition to enjoy them, and that would not be until it had torn down

every one of its hideous houses. I quote from the information of one who saw the letter.”