John Fuller Russell

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John Fuller Russell (1813–1884), was a priest in the Church of England, a writer, mostly on theological subjects, especially religious ritual, and a notable art collector. He was a member of the committee of the Ecclesiological Society and had close connections to the High Church Oxford Movement.

Oxford Movement movement of High Church members of the Church of England which eventually developed into Anglo-Catholicism

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Russell was born on 15 August 1813, [1] the son of Thomas Russell, a Congregationalist minister, whose surname was originally Cloutt. [2] Arthur Tozer Russell was his brother. [3] He was educated at Peterhouse College, Cambridge, where he read civil law. [3] He became one of the first sympathisers with the Oxford movement at Cambridge, and in 1836, while still an undergraduate at Peterhouse, he began a correspondence with Edward Bouverie Pusey, [3] in which he expressed a desire to revive much of the disused ritual of the Church. [4] In 1837 he visited Pusey at Christ Church. [3]

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In 1838 he was ordained deacon and appointed to the curacy of St. Peter's, Walworth. The next year he graduated LL.B., and was admitted into priest's orders. He held the perpetual curacy of St James, Enfield Highway, from 1841 to 1854. [3] On 2 October 1843 he married Rosalie Croshaw at the church. [5] In 1856 he became rector of Greenhithe, Kent. [3]

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He was a member of the council of the Society of Antiquaries, of the central committee of the Royal Archæological Institute, and of the committee of the Ecclesiological Society. [3]

Art collection

Ugolino da Siena's Last Supper (Metropolitan Museum, New York), once owned by Russell 1g Ugolino di Nerio. The Last Supper Metropolitan mus. N-Y.jpg
Ugolino da Siena's Last Supper (Metropolitan Museum, New York), once owned by Russell

When the German art historian Gustav Waagen visited Russell at Eagle House near Enfield, he found the walls "so richly adorned with specimens of the 14th century, that the spectator feels as if transported to a chapel at Siena or Florence." [6] He described Russell as "one of the most enthusiastic admirers of the grandeur and high significance of the ecclesiastic art from the 13th to the 15th century that I met with in England". [6]

His collection included the "Diptych of Jeanne of France" (now in the collection of the Musée Condé in Chantilly), believed in his lifetime to be by Hans Memling [7] six of the seven panels from the predella of Ugolino da Siena's altarpiece for Santa Croce in Florence, bought from the sale of the William Young Ottley collection, [6] [8] Abrecht Altdorfer's Christ taking Leave of His Mother (National Gallery, London) [9] and Simone Martini's St Geminianus, St Michael and St Augustine, each with an Angel above (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) [10]

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He also had a notable collection of illuminated manuscripts and early printed books. [6]


He died on 6 April 1884 at his house in Ormonde Terrace, Regent's Park, London. [3] His paintings were sold at Christie's, on 18 April 1885. [10]


Russell's works relate mainly to the doctrine and discipline of the church of England. They include: [3]

He was co-editor with Walter Farquhar Hook of the Voice of the Church (2 vols. 1840), and with William Josiah Irons of Tracts of the Anglican Fathers (1841). He was also editor of Hierurgia Anglicana, or Documents and Extracts illustrative of the Church of England after the Reformation (1848). [3]

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  2. "Russell, Thomas (1781?-1846)"  . Dictionary of National Biography . London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Cooper, Thompson (1897). "Russell, John Fuller"  . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography . 49. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  4. Wakeling, G. (1895). The Oxford Church Movement: Sketches and Recollections. London: Macmillan. p. 114.
  5. "Marriages". The Gentleman's Magazine: 635. December 1843.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Waagen, Gustav (1854). "Pictures belonging to Rev. John Fuller Russell, Eagle House, near Enfield". Treasures of Art in Great Britain. 2. London: John Murray. p. 461.
  7. Guégan, Nicole Garnier-Pelle ; introduction by Stéphane (2009). The Condé Museum at the Château de Chantilly : the paintings collection. Paris: Flammarion. p. 121. ISBN   9782081225817.
  8. including the Last Supper (Metropolitan Museum, New York) "The Last Supper Ugolino da Siena (Ugolino di Nerio)". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  9. Smith, Alistair; Wyld, Martin (1983). "Altdorfer's 'Christ taking Leave of His Mother'". National Gallery Technical Bulletin. 7.
  10. 1 2 "St Geminianus, St Michael and St Augustine, each with an Angel above". Fitzwilliam Museum. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014.



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