John Ruskin by Millais
Proust was an enormous admirer of the English art and architecture critic John Ruskin (1819-1900) whose work he translated into French. He conceived In Search of Lost Time
along quasi-architectural lines, and at one stage planned to call parts of the novel after architectural terms, 'Stained-Glass Window' 'The Apse' etc, but dismissed it as being too pretentious. However, Ruskin's influence persists, such as in the narrator's passionate interest in church architecture.