John Ruskin was the greatest British art critic and social commentator of the Victorian Age. Himself an artist, poet, social revolutionary and conservationist, his work shaped the thinking of Ghandhi, Tolstoy, Proust and countless others. Soon after graduating, Ruskin met J. M. W. Turner and decided that he would rescue this great painter from obscurity. His ideas inspired the Arts and Crafts Movement and the founding of the National Trust, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and the Labour Movement. He fiercely attacked the worst aspects of industrialisation and actively promoted art education and museum access for the working classes. His prophetic statements on environmental issues which still speak to our generation. He has left us a great legacy.