Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: oil
Dimensions: 43 x 35 in.
Frame: The original frame was designed by DGR and inscribed with verses from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1870
Note: Monogram and date lower left corner.

Production Description

Production Date: 1870
Exhibition History: R.A., 1883 (no.301); New Gallery, 1897 (no.47); Paris, Franco-British Exhibition , 1908; Rome, International Exhibition, 1911; Newcastle, 1971 (no.66); R.A., 1973 (no.327); Baden-Baden, 1973-74 (no.133); Tate, 1984 (no.139)
Model: Jane Burden Morris
Note: Jane modelled for the figure of Mariana.
Model: Willie Graham
Note: Willie Graham, the son of William Graham sat for the head of the page.


Current Location: Aberdeen Art Gallery and Regional Museum
Catalog Number: 21/8
Archival History: William Graham; Graham Sale, Christie's April 3, 1886 (lot 119), £661. s.; Francis W. Buxton; Barbizon House; Purchased in 1921 by Aberdeen Art Gallery and Regional Museum

Scholarly Commentary


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Copyright: © City of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Collections

Included Text

Take, O Take those lips away
That so sweetly were forsworn
And those eyes, the break of day
Lights that do mislean the morn.
But my kisses bring again, bring again
Seals of love, but sealed in vain, sealed in vain.
Note: These lines from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure are inscribed on the lower part of the frame.


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    Marillier, An Illustrated Memorial , 158b recto.
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    Phythian, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood , 37.
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    Gowans and Gray, Masterpieces of DGR , 43.
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    Radford, Dante Gabriel Rossetti , [ii].
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    Delaware Art Museum print.
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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 303.
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    Angeli, DGR con 107 illustrazioni , 137.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
File Name: s213.rap.xml