Although not an important work, the sonnet is an interesting piece for the ironical
way it treats the Pre-Raphaelite ideology of significant detail. The PRB and Ruskinian program
of pictorial exactitude implied, as this sonnet's negative space indicates, a conviction in
the spiritual significance of aesthetic precision.
Composed late in October 1849 toward the end of DGR's and Hunt's trip to Paris and Belgium.
The sonnet was not published until 1900 (in volume 7 of WMR's
). It was then collected in 1911 (page 270).