Woman Combing Her Hair

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: 14 1/4 x 13 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1864
Note: The monogram and date are inscribed at lower left.

Production Description

Production Date: 1864
Exhibition History: R.A. 1973 (n.314)
Model: Fanny Cornforth


Current Location: Mrs. Virginia Surtees
Archival History: John Bibby; Christie's June 3, 1899 (lot 37), £336; Major C.S. Goldman; By descent to John Monck, his son; Christie's sale Nov. 16, 1965 (lot 18), £210

Scholarly Commentary


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  • Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 249-250.
  • Carrington, Pictures and Poems.
  • Marillier DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 132.
  • Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 1, 100 (no. 174).
  • Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 252.
  • Surtees, Diaries of George Price Boyce, 46.
  • The Age of Rossetti, Burne–Jones, and Watts [Tate 1997], 138 (no. 33).
  • Treuherz, Prettejohn and Becker, DGR, 188 (no. 102).
Woman Combing Her Hair
Description: A Lady in white dress holds an oval mirror and, with her free hand, combs out her red gold hair. The red of her hair is matched by the red of a cord and tassel about her neck. A small blue and white jar, and some toilet ornaments are on a table beside her. The background displays a patterned green curtain ( Marillier 132).
Copyright: Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Thames and Hudson, 2003)


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 252.
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    Carrington, Pictures and Poems.
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    Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 249-250.
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