Medium: pen and India ink
Technique: pen and India ink, laid down
Dimensions: 21 1/4 x 18 3/8 in.
Date on Image: 1858
Note: Monogram and date in lower right corner.
Production Date: 1858
Exhibition History: 4 Russell Place, Fitzroy Square,
Pre-Raphaelite Exhibition, 1857
(no.58); Manchester, 1911 (no.177); Tate, 1923 (no.225); Birmingham, 1947 (no.228); R.A. 1973
(no.115); Yale, 1976 (no.38); Victoria and Albert Museum, 1977-78 (no.121); Cambridge, 1979
(no.174); Cambridge, 1980 (no.4); Tate, 1984 (no.223); Torre de'Passeri (Pescara) 1984
Patron: Thomas Plint
Date Commissioned: 1859
Original Cost: perhaps 50 guineas
Model: Fanny Cornforth, Ruth Herbert, and Annie Miller have all been suggested by scholars as the
model for Mary Magdalene.
Note: Alastair Grieve says that the model was Ruth Herbert (
The Pre-Raphaelites, Tate 1984, 284). Doughty surveys the ambiguous evidence on the issue (
A Victorian Romantic, 682-83).
Current Location: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Catalog Number: 2151
Purchase Price: bequest
First owned by Thomas Plint, the drawing disappeared after his death in 1860;
Charles Ricketts found it by accident in a store in the Brompton Road in May 1898 (see
and the 27 May 1898 diary entry in Shannon's diary, British Library Add MS 58110);
Shannon and Ricketts bought it for £150. The diary entry shows—from a
fragment of a letter that was found with the drawing—that DGR had it photographed
himself. It went as a gift to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1937 (Ricketts and Shannon