Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial, 156-157.◦
Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 122 (no. 216).◦
The Pre–Raphaelites, Tate 1984
The picture is an obliquely Dantean work since the lady of the flame would be a Beatricean
figure (see DGR's translation
“Ladies that have Intelligence in Love” (lines 51-52)). The picture is also Dantean in its virtually allegorical
treatment of the flame, which is represented as a filmy winged being.
The composition has much in common with the chalk drawing Silence which was executed about the same time.