Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Letter to Frances M. L. Rossetti, 20 July 1867
Author: DGR
Date of Composition: 1867 July 20
Type of Manuscript: letter
Scribe: DGR

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Note: DGR finishes the letter vertically in the left margin for want of space.
Note: In this letter DGR refers to the Aspecta Medusa image series.
P.S. You will be

glad to hear that

I yesterday got

a commission

from Mr Matthews

the great brewer

(who is Ind Coope & Co)

for 1500 guineas,

for a design picture

from a design I have

just made of

Perseus showing the

Gorgon's head reflected

in water to Andromeda.

Some lines of mine which

I write opposite will

explain the subject to

the Antique. I am

going to set about the picture at once —

life-size I think.
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Aspecta Medusa —
  • Andromeda, by Perseus saved and wed,
  • Hankered each day to see the Gorgon's head:
  • Till o'er a fount he held it, bade her lean,
  • And mirrored in the wave was safely seen
  • That death she lived by.
  • Let not thine eyes know
  • Any forbidden thing itself, although
  • It once should save as well as kill; but be
  • Its shadow upon life enough for thee.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: dgr.ltr.0553.rad.xml