The Cup of Water

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1870
Genre: story

Scholarly Commentary


Though unexecuted beyond its prose synopsis, the story cuts to the center of some key Rossettian topics. The tale has something in common with the important “bogey picture”, How They Met Themselves, and the love situation inevitably recalls the triangulated relations in which Morris, DGR, and their respective wives were involved. DGR made an additional prose sketch for an illustration that he planned for the story. Two notebook copies of this prose sketch survive, one in the Duke University library, the other in the British Library.

Textual History: Composition

The 1870 date of the synopsis is given by WMR, who published the work for the first time in his edition of 1886 (and then collected later in 1911). WMR presumably worked from the only known manuscript—the draft at University of Texas.


WMR printed a copy of DGR's notes for an illustration in his 1911 edition.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 30p-1870.raw.xml