Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial, 139
WMR, DGR Designer and Writer, 71
Sharp, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 197
Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, I. 104 (no. 181)
DGR sent the picture to Gambart on 2 November 1865 and added a note: “I send the Bellebuona, a name formed of course from the Italian words ‘Bella e Buona,’ ‘Fair & Good.’ I have already enlarged the picture as much as it will bear with advantage. The background, being a plain tint, should not be too large” (see
Fredeman, Correspondence, 65. 157
pencil and sepia study for the picture is recorded but its whereabouts are not known.
When DGR made this picture he associated it with a poem he
wrote at the same time, titled (as was the picture at that point)
Bella e Buona. He later changed the
poem's name to “Plighted
Promise” when he came to include it in his 1870
thus erasing the “double work” status that poem and
picture originally had.