The Castle Spectre

Alternately titled: Percy and Motley

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1836 October


◦ Fredeman, A Rossetti Cabinet, 11 (plate 74).

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 1 (no. 2).

◦ WMR, Family Letters, vol. 1, 86.

Scholarly Commentary


Surtees describes the work as: “Illustration to the play by Matthew Gregory Lewis. On the castle ramparts two young men stand armed for battle; on the left a third holds a spear. Palm trees in the background, and a standard inscribed ‘Conway Castle’” (Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 1 (no. 2) ). WMR calls it a “coloured design”, and notes that it comprises two subjects, the first, Percy and Motley and the other, Osmond and Kenrick (see WMR, Family Letters, vol. 1, 86.). Surtees is probably refering to Percy and Motley, while Osmond and Kenrick is contained in the Fredeman Cabinet series of drawings.

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