My Lady Greensleeves

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1863 May
Model: Mrs. W. J. Knewstub (The model for this painting was Mrs. W. J. Knewstub, the wife of Rossetti's assistant.)


◦ Fredeman, Correspondence, 63. 117

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 90 (no. 161).

Scholarly Commentary

Production History

DGR made at least two pencil studies around 1854 and 1855 for this composition, both using Ellen Smith as the model: one is a sketch for the head of the girl, the other is a finished drawing of the entire compostion. When he returned to the subject in 1863 he made another study for the finished oil on panel, which DGR completed in May.

George Boyce thought the picture was intended for him and was extremely displeased to learn that DGR was sending it to the dealer Ernest Gambart. In fact DGR still had it on hand in December 1863, when he offered it to George Rae (see letter to Rae 28 December 1863, Correspondence, 63. 117). It eventually passed to Mrs. Plint after her husband's death.

This treatment is quite different from the identically titled watercolour executed in 1859.

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