Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Antwerp)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849
Rhyme: abbaaccadefedf
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: sonnet

Scholarly Commentary


DGR wrote this attack on Rubens after visiting St. Jacob's Church in Antwerp, where the great Flemish painter is buried. For DGR and the other early Pre-Raphaelites, Rubens' sensual style was the very index of what they meant by the term “slosh” (see line 6).

Printing History

First printed in 1898 by WMR in the Pall Mall Mazazine from the Duke fair copy manuscript, and collected thereafter.

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