WMR, DGR Designer and Writer, 201
Baum, ed., House of Life, 102
With their characteristic wordplay in the phrase “deep-drawn”, lines 10-12 construct an emblem of DGR's aesthetic idea about the art of portraiture as he practised it: that the woman represented in his pictures is an image reflecting an ideal figure of DGR himself. Relevant here is “The Portrait”, and in particular the conclusion where the correspondence between the image and its maker is emphasized.
Five manuscripts of the sonnet are recorded. There is a fair copy in the
Boston Public Library and another recorded as being in
the Symington Collection, Rutgers University Library, but the curators report that it cannot be found. The
other manuscripts are
the copies in the Fitzwilliam,
and the fair copies in the
composite “House of Life” manuscript
and in the Bodleian Kelmscott
Love Sonnets group. The Boston, Rutgers, and Bodleian copies are all titled “Between Kisses”.
First published in the 1881 Ballads and Sonnets and collected thereafter.