John Ruskin was of the earliest and certainly the most high-minded of the great Victorian visitors to a city that he was to immortalize in Stones of Venice and in the beautiful series of drawings and watercolours.  He was also a pioneer using photography to record the buildings of the city. His love life was as unsuccessful as Byron’s was prodigious and a few months after Millais painted his famous portrait of the great art critic, the artist ran off with Ruskin’s attractive wife Effie whom Ruskin had taken to Venice in 1849 and 1851 and almost entirely neglected in favour of his art and architectural studies.  Both the Ruskins left memorable records of their time in Venice and their responses to the city and its surroundings, John Ruskin celebrating the beauty of the City, but also drawing attention to the effects of modern life which were beginning to change Venice: the advent of the railways, the vaporetti, the gas lamps, and the misguided restoration of the old buildings: