Lady Lilith (replica)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: 20 x 16 7/8 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1867
Note: The monogram and date are in the lower left corner.

Production Description

Production Date: 1867
Exhibition History: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Grand Loan Exhibition, 1886, No. 848; Manchester, Royal Jubilee Exhibition, 1887, No. 1678; Guildhall, 1896; New Gallery, 1897, No. 29; Glasgow, International Exhibition, 1901; Fogg Museum of Art, 1934, No. 7; University of Kansas Museum of Art, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his circle, 1958; Indianapolis and Huntington Hartford, 1964, No. 66.
Model: Fanny Cornforth


Current Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Catalog Number: 08. 162. 1
Archival History: Originally owned by William Coltart, it passed to R.E. Tatham and was sold at Christie's in 1898 for £462. 1 s. It was then bought by the Metropolitan Museum.

Scholarly Commentary


The importance of this picture, which may have been largely executed by DGR's assistant Treffry Dunn, lies in its relation to DGR's original painting. This is a replica that preserves the face of Fanny Cornforth, who was the original model. The picture was radically altered when DGR substituted the face of Alexa Wilding for Fanny Cornforth's, and most commentators believe the change robbed the picture of its essential power.


Lady Lilith (replica)
Subject: Worldly Beauty
Copyright: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1908 (08.162.1) © 1984 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Included Text

  • Lady Lilith. Watercolour. D. G. Rossetti. 1867
  • Beware of her fair hair, for she excels
  • All women in the magic of her locks;
  • And when she winds them round a young man's neck,
  • She will not ever set him free again.
  • Goethe
Note: The text (which gives Shelley's translation) appear in holograph on a slip of paper pasted on the back of the picture.


  1. image

    Masterpieces of DGR (Gowans and Grey) , 30.
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    Phythian, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood , 33.
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    Radford, Dante Gabriel Rossetti , 26.
  4. image

    Hollyer print, Delaware Art Museum, Bancroft Collection.
  5. image

    Medici print, Delaware Art Museum, Bancroft Collection.
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    Delaware Art Museum, Bancroft Collection print.
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    Medici engraving, Delaware Art Museum, Bancroft Collection.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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