Italian Nobleman

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1840-1843
Sources of the Work:
Pictorial Object: Italian Nobleman
Artist: DGR


◦ Fredeman, A Rossetti Cabinet, 16 (plate 109a).

◦ Cornwall and Horne (eds.), The Complete Works of Shakespeare, vol. I, 162.

Scholarly Commentary


According to WMR, this figure was not an original design, but copied from the nineteenth-century illustrator Kenny Meadows (1790-1874). It appears to have been drawn from one of Meadows' designs for the play Measure for Measure, published in an illustrated edition of Shakespeare's Works at mid-century. Meadows' original vignette showed a crowd of onlookers witnessing the opening exchange between the Duke and Angelo (Act I, scene i). DGR copied only the figure of the Duke, making his figure a solitary bust-length portrait.

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