Venus Verticordia (reduced replica)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dimensions: 14 1/4 x 13 1/4 in.
Date on Image: 1864
Note: The monogram and date are inscribed at lower left.
Production Date: 1864
Exhibition History: R.A. 1883 (no.312); Port Sunlight 1948 (no.166)
Model: Fanny Cornforth
Note: Fanny Cornforth may have been a model for this picture, as Rossetti painted most of it during a visit with her to Paris in
Model: Mrs. Knewstub
Note: Mrs. Knewstub, the wife of Rossetti's assistant in 1864, sat for a watercolour version of this picture and her face may originally
have figured in this particular replica.
The painting may have been partly repainted in 1877, and was retouched according to the 1883 R.A. Catalogue, when the present
face was probably introduced.
Current Location: The Viscount Leverhulme
Archival History: George Rae, £105; Viscount Leverhulme;
Inherited by the present owner
“The picture represents a tall, massively-built woman?no spiritual goddess of beauty?undraped and standing in a bower of clustering
honeysuckle which hides her to the waist. Above she is bowered in roses?such a glorious wealth of flowers as compelled even
Ruskin's admiration, while disliking the picture itself, the painting, and everything else connected with it. In her left
hand she holds the apple, the prize of her beauty; in her right a dart, upon which is poised for an instant a delicate sulphur
butterfly. Others are hovering round like moths at a candle, symbolical of the lovers who adore for one day the power of Love
which remains eternal. Behind is the grove of Venus, and a blue bird winging its way through space” (
Electronic Archive Edition: 1