Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Medium: coloured crayons
Dimensions: 38 x 24 1/2 in.
Date on Image: 1879
Note: Monogrammed and dated in lower left corner.
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.
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).
Electronic Archive Edition: 1