“The Meuse” Drawing 1 of 2
The editors of the Library Edition describe the image as a “a sketch of a calm, broad river: on one side, a rocky road; on the other, crags” (Ruskin, Works, 2:349 n. 1). A solitary rider on horseback follows the road, moving away from the viewer.
See, in the poem “The sky was clear, the morn way gay” [“The Meuse”], the lines “Peak over peak, fantastic ever / The lofty crags deep chasms sever. / And grey and gaunt their lichened head / Rose sheerly from the rivers bed“ along with accompanying gloss.