Rossetti Album (miscellaneous collection, Getty/Wormsley Library)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: [Untitled]
Author: DGR and others
Date of composition: 1835-1933
Type of Manuscript: Literary manuscripts, autograph letters, photographs, and cuttings.
Note: The earliest manuscript is a letter from DGR to his aunt Elizabeth, 9 July 1835; the most recent material is Sidney Cockerell's 1933 notes. Cockerell's signature is on the endleaf, “Richmond, Surrey, Dec. 4, 1902”.
Scribe: DGR, CR, WMR, and others, with manuscript notes by WMR.


Current Location: J. Paul Getty Collection, Wormsley Library.
Archival History: This volume was originally compiled by WMR. It was assembled for an album by Sidney Cockerell (1867-1962) and was bound by his brother Douglas in 1902. The album was sold at Sotheby's, 18 July 1972 (lot 424) and thence to the Wormsley Library.

Physical Description

Cover: Brown goatskin with elaborately gilt tooling on the cover in a repeating design of flowers and leaves incorporating the initials S. C. C. [i.e., Sidney Carlyle Cockerell]; gilt panelled spine.
Endpapers: Inside cover is a photograph of the Pierpont Morgan Library Blessed Damozel manuscript.
Paper: Manuscripts materials, of various sizes, affixed to quarto sheets: blue-gray, 21 x 25.5 cm

Scholarly Commentary


The album has a number of important DGR manuscripts, particularly early manuscripts: very early letters to his aunt Elizabeth Polidori, to his mother, and to his brother; letters to Ford Madox Brown; an early draft of the unfinished tale “St Agnes of Intercession” (here titled “St. Agnes of Recompensation”); and other important manuscripts from various periods of DGR's life.

Not everything in the notebook is transcribed in this file, and none of the materials have been made available for digital reproduction.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: gettymsbook.rad.xml
Copyright: J. Paul Getty Collection, Wormsley Library