The Day-Dream

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: The Day-Dream
Author: DGR
Date of composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: pencil draft
Collation: one page
Note: verso blank except for inscription by F. G. Stephens
Scribe: DGR


Current Location: Mark Samuels Lasner
Note: The verso inscription reads: “Autographs of D. G. Rossetti, sent to me for use in articles I wrote for the Athenaeum. F. G. S.” Stephens is referring to the three manuscripts preserved in a folder with two others associated with pictures by DGR: a prose description of La Pia and a prose description of The Salutation of Beatrice , 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 X 7 1/16 in
Other Physical Features: leaf torn from one of DGR's typical notebooks

Scholarly Commentary


The manuscript seems to be an account of the picture that DGR wrote out for someone, perhaps for Constantine Ionides, who commissioned the painting in 1879. The manuscript obviously postdates the framing of the completed picture.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: Mark Samuels Lasner