Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: coloured crayons
Dimensions: 38 x 24 1/2 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1879
Note: Monogrammed and dated in lower left corner.

Production Description

Production Date: 1879
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C., 1883 (no. 153); Fogg, 1946 (no. 86)
Model: Jane Burden Morris


Current Location: Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University
Catalog Number: 1942.203
Archival History: T. Watts-Dunton; sold at the Sotheby's sale at The Pines, after the death of Mrs. Watts-Dunton, March 22, 1939, (no. 65) for £46; Sawyer; Grenville L. Winthrop

Scholarly Commentary


This is a replica that DGR executed in 1879 for his friend Watts-Dunton, “with a fresh system of bogies round the head” as he wrote Jane Morris (18 March 1878: Bryson 59).


DGR did a study for this picture in colored chalks; it now is housed in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight.


Description: Surtees notes that the model's features are “exaggerated and almost grotesque.” She goes on to describe the picture, with the figure “three-quarter length, standing slightly to the right, wearing grey-white draperies which leave the massive shoulders and arm partly uncovered. In both hands she holds the casket bearing the legend “Ultima Manet Spes”, decorated with a spray of flowers and a winged head upturned in profile; from its nearly closed lid issues a cloud of pink smoke which wreathes itself around Pandora's heavy dark hair, forming a halo of winged heads” ( A Catalogue Raisonné vol. 1, 126).


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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial ,164.
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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 321.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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