Joseph Accused before Potiphar

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: pen and ink
Dimensions: 5 15/16 x 5 13/16 in.
Frame: An undated note on the back of the frame (in Rose's hand) reads: “I bought it of Rossetti out of a folio in his studio at 3 o'clock in the morning and I gave him £15 for it.”
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1860
Note: Monogram and date on lower left-hand corner.

Production Description

Production Date: 1860
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C., 1883 (not in catalogue); Tate, 1911 (no.1)


Current Location: Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery
Catalog Number: 405'04
Archival History: J. Anderson Rose; Rose Sale at Christie's on May 5, 1891 (lot 5a, wrongly described as an etching); passed, and sold later; Fairfax Murray; Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery

Scholarly Commentary


The verso of this drawing has a meticulous “Egyptian” design for a sofa that was built by the Morris firm and exhibited at the 1862 International Exhibition. The sofa in the background of the Potiphar drawing follows this design.


Joseph Accused before Potiphar
Copyright: © Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery


  1. image

    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 194.
  2. image

    Hollyer print, Delaware Art Museum
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