The Bivouac after the Ball

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1845


◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 3 (no. 13).

Scholarly Commentary


This seems to have been one in a set of drawings illustrating scenes from “modern life”. Two drawings survive from the series, this one (inscribed below the drawing “No. 8. The Bivouac after the Ball”), and another (inscribed “No. 9. The Day after the Ball—no clothes, no money, no wine and no tobacco”). The series may also have included the drawing “Man with a Dagger Bending over a Woman”.

All of these drawings demonstrate how much DGR came under the influence of the style of Gavarni. DGR spent a good deal of time visiting with the Maenza family in Boulogne during 1843 and 1844 and may have encountered Gavarni's work at that time. Gavarni's work continued to interest DGR throughout the 1840s.

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