A Christmas Carol

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: oil
Dimensions: 18 x 15 1/2 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1867
Note: Monogram and date are located at the lower right.

Production Description

Production Date: 1867
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C. 1883, (No. 52); Port Sunlight 1948, (No. 167)
Model: Ellen Smith


Current Location: The Viscount Leverhulme
Archival History: Prange; Murray Marks (1872) in exchange for another picture; Sold to G. Alderson-Smith for £170; George Rae (1876)

Scholarly Commentary


This is the second picture that DGR executed with this title. The first was a watercolour of 1857-1858.


A Christmas Carol
Copyright: ©Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Included Text

Note: DGR affixed this legend to the frame of the picture; his draft of the text appears in a notebook now in the Duke University Library.
Here a maid, well-apparelled, sings a song of Christ's birth with the tune of Bululalow: “Jesus Christus hodie Natus est de Virgine.”


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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 146.
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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 284.
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    Gowans and Gray, Masterpieces of DGR , 38.
  4. image

    Delaware Art Museum print.
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    Hollyer print, Delaware Art Museum.
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