La Pia De' Tolomei (early sketch)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1867 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: pencil and pen
Dimensions: 8 10/16 x 7 1/2 in.
Note: In the upper right corner there is a note by WMR: “By Gabriel c. 1868—La Pia.”

Production Description

Production Date: 1867 (circa)


Current Location: Duke University Library, Durham, North Carolina

Scholarly Commentary


This composition sketch is part of one of the notebooks preserved in the Duke University Library.


La Pia De' Tolomei (early sketch)
Copyright: Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, & Special Collections Library

Included Text

  • Ah! where on earth thy voice again is heard
  • And thou from the long road hast rested thee,
  • (After the second spirit said the third)
  • Remember me whom am La Pia: Me
  • Siena, me Maremma, made, unmade.
  • He knoweth this thing in his heart,—even he
  • With whose fair jewel I was ringed & wed.
Note: The title of the picture is inscribed on a cartouche at the bottom of the drawing. Along the side of the page is DGR's translation of the passage from Dante's Purgatorio.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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