Double Sonnet to the Painter D. G. Rossetti,
Suggested by his Picture “The
Girlhood of Mary Virgin”
Date: 1849 August
Meter: iambic pentameter
Genre: double sonnet
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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South African National Gallery manuscript text
Orchard's double-sonnet on DGR's first significant picture, The Girlhood of Mary Virgin, was written as a kind of commentary-review of the work following its appearance in March 1849 at the Hyde Park Gallery's Free Exhibition. The sonnets show clearly that DGR's translation work, begun a few years earlier on deucento and trecento Italian poetry, had influenced Orchard: this kind of poetical commentary on the work of a contemporary poet or artist was a staple form among the poets DGR was translating. Orchard's double-sonnet should be compared with DGR's own pair of sonnets written the year before when DGR was still at work on the painting. Orchard must surely have seen these poems
Two manuscripts of the work survive: Orchard's holograph in the library of the South African National Gallery and WMR's copy in the Angeli Papers at the University of British Columbia.
Textual History: Composition
Written around 19 August 1849, as WMR notes in his PRB Journal for 20 August (see Fredeman, Journal of the P. R. B., 12 ).
First published from the U. of British COlumbia manuscript in Fredeman, Journal of the P. R. B., 200 .