Michael Scott's Wooing (red chalk drawing)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1870-71 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: red chalk
Dimensions: 28 3/4 x 29 3/4 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1870-71 (circa)
Exhibition History: R.A., 1883 (no. 336).


Current Location: The William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow
Catalog Number: BRD43
Purchase Price: bequest
Archival History: Fanny Cornforth; sold to J. Hamilton Trist (1882) for £100; bought in by his son, H.H. Trist, for £56. 14 s at the April 9, 1892, Christie's Trist sale; sold at the Christie's Mrs. Trist sale, April 23, 1937 (no. 75) for £25; Sir Frank Brangwyn.

Scholarly Commentary


The design for this picture is quite different from the design for the 1853 drawing. The watercolour commissioned in 1867, and the oil painting commissioned in 1871 were never executed. Surtees describes it thus: “Michael Scott kneels in the foreground and slips a ring on the girl's finger; further to the right stands a hooded female figure cutting a crucifix from her girdle. Love stands in the centre, in the fork of a tree, head upturned, surrounded by foliage; his wings are closed, the tips crossed in the front of his body. On the extreme left two shrouded figures are introduced, one with back turned. On either side above, are groups of young women looking down on the scene below” (Surtees, Catalogue Raisonné vol. 1, 124).


Michael Scott's Wooing (red chalk drawing)
Copyright: © Collection: William Morris Gallery, London E17


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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , facing page 145.
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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 313.
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