The Bower Garden

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Technique: watercolour, laid down
Dimensions: 14 x 9 3/4 in.
Signature: monogram.
Date on Image: 1859
Note: Monogram and date lower left corner.

Production Description

Production Date: 1859
Exhibition History: R.A., 1883 (no.367); Leathart Collection, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, October 1968 (no.59).
Model: Fanny Cornforth
Note: The serving woman in the blue smock is Fanny Cornforth


Current Location: Dr. G. L. Leathart
Archival History: Thomas E. Plint; Sold at the Christie's Plint sale of March 7, 1862, (lot 159) for £22. 10 s.; James Leathart; Sold at the Christie's James Leathart sale of June 19, 1897, (lot 9) for £71. 8 s.; Thence descended to Dr. G. L. Leathart

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The Bower Garden
Description: “Two women in a garden face each other. The one on the right is drinking from a long glass offered to her by a serving-woman in a blue smock. . . . Espalier trees against a red-brick wall provide the background” (Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. I. 68).
Copyright: ©Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear Museums


  1. image

    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 83.     Image: Incorrectly titled "The Garden Bower" and incorrectly dated.
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    Phythian, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood , 29.
  3. Delaware Art Museum print.

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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 167.
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