The Raven: Angel Footfalls

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1846 June

Physical Description

Medium: Pen and brown ink on paper with rounded corners
Dimensions: 13 3/8 x 9 1/2 in.
Signature: G.C.D.R.
Date on Image: June/46
Note: The monogram and date are inscribed at lower right.

Production Description

Production Date: 1846 June
Exhibition History: Tate 1923 (no.260); Birmingham 1947 (no.193), dated incorrectly; Tate, The Romantic Movement, 1959 (no.829)


Current Location: Mrs. J.A.R. Munro
Archival History: Alexander Munro; by descent to his daughter-in-law Mrs. J.A.R. Munro

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The Raven: Angel Footfalls
Description: “A man reading by candle light leaps up from his chair at the sight of a troop of fairy figures as they enter from the left foreground and cross to the right. Behind him stands a large female figure with a skeleton on either side; in the background a bookcase is surmounted by busts of Shakespeare, Byron, and a third, unidentifiable. On the extreme left a raven is perched on a helmeted bust placed on the mantlepiece” ( Surtees 4).


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 5.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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