Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Silence. For a Design
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1877
Type of Manuscript: draft
Scribe: DGR

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Image of page [1r] page: [1r]
Manuscript Addition: 22
Editorial Description: Unknown notation in upper right corner, possibly by WMR
In an antique representation

She holds has in one hand the

fruit of peach by which

the ancients symbolized

Silence—the fruit being

held to resemble the

human heart & the leaf

the human tongue.

With the other hand

she has keeps closed

the opening of a suspended veil

suspended in her

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Note: The text on this page is WMR's note to the ekphrasis on the previous page. It is written along the right margin of this page. The printed text on the reverse side, and visible as bleed through on the present page, gives the name and address of a frame maker, [Freder?]ick Bartram of Euston Square, London.
Gabriel's writing must apply to his design “Silence”.
Transcription Gap: printed matter (text is a frame maker's invoice)
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: By permission of the Special Collections Library, Duke University