D. G. R.

J. W. Inchbold

General Description

Date: 1882
Rhyme: a5a4b4b5
Meter: iambic
Genre: lyric


Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the South African National Gallery Manuscript text.

Scholarly Commentary


This eulogy by the painter J. W. Inchbold (1830-1888) seems to have been written very soon after DGR's death. Inchbold's outstanding gifts as a landscape painter threw him in with Ruskin and the PRB in the 1850s and he remained a close friend of Rossetti and his family all his life. With one exception, the sentiments of the poem are undistinguished, and the resort to physical nature for some of the poem's key tropes tells more about Inchbold than about DGR.

But the reference to Bernardino Luini (1480-1532) is striking (line 13). Inchbold is clearly thinking of Luini's remarkable gifts as a colorist, and perhaps as well of the affinities between Luini's cool subjective work and DGR's similar imaginative subjectivity. Paintings like Luini's Angeli Musicante or Adoration of the Magi have clear resemblances to DGR's work. In fact, DGR admired Luini (see Family Letters ).

Printing History

The manuscript poem has never been printed.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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