John Brett, ARA (1830-1902)
He was a London painter of coastal scenes & landscapes. He attracted the attention of Ruskin with "The Stonebreaker" at the Royal Academy in 1858. Encouraged by Ruskin, he visited Northern Italy & painted "The Val d'Aosta" which he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1859. Ruskin devoted several pages of his Academy Notes for that year to praising the picture.
Under Ruskin's influence, Brett's style developed away from his earlier Pre-Raphaelitism, towards subjects of geological & botanical interest.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy for forty years.