Double Sonnet to the Painter D. G. Rossetti, Suggested by his Picture “The Girlhood of Mary Virgin”

John Orchard

Production Description

Document Title: S[onnet] to the Painter [xxxx] G. Rossetti; suggested by his Picture ‘The Girlhood of Mary Virgin’ exhibited in the Hyde Park Gallery this year 1849
Author: John Orchard
Date of composition: 1849 August
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Collation: 2 pages
Scribe: John Orchard


Current Location: The library of the South African National Gallery

Physical Description

Paper: pale blue unlined
Dimensions of Document: 7 x 4 1/2 in
Other Physical Features: The paper is mutilated at the top so that part of the title on the recto of the manuscript is absent.

Scholarly Commentary


This Orchard holograph is one of two manuscripts of the sonnet that survive. The other is a copy by WMR preserved in the Angeli Papers at the University of British Columbia and was published in Fredeman, Journal of the P. R. B., 200.

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).

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