La Pia

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: La Pia
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: holograph fair copy (pencil)
Person to Whom the Manuscript was Assigned: DGR
Collation: verso blank
Note: The text of the verse was originally drafted in 1866 or 1867.


Current Location: Mark Samuels Lasner
Note: This manuscript is preserved in a folder with two others associated with pictures by DGR: a prose description of The Salutation of Beatrice and a prose description of The Day-Dream , all three of which were sold as a single lot by Anderson Galleries in the William Harris Arnold sale.

Physical Description

Paper: white wove, ruled, smooth finish
Watermark: J ALLEN & SONS

Dimensions of Document: 8 7/8 in x 7 1/16 in
Other Physical Features: leaf torn from one of DGR's typical notebooks

Scholarly Commentary


The manuscript gives DGR's prose ekphrasis of the picture of Dante's “La Pia”, as well as his translation of the relevant passage in Dante. This text is more complete than the draft of the verse (not the prose) that was scripted by DGR into one of his notebooks in 1866 or 1867.

This manuscript was almost certainly made in 1880, when DGR was completing the oil painting that he had begun and laid aside in 1868.

Textual History: Composition

A second text of the translation, along with the Italian original, is preserved in DGR's letter to F. G. Stephens of 2 Febriary 1881.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: Mark Samuels Lasner