Water Willow

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1871
Model: Jane Burden Morris


◦ Marillier, DGR: An IIlustrated Memorial, 165

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 127-128 (no. 226).

◦ Wildman, Visions of Love and Life, 276-278.

Scholarly Commentary


The painting was made sometime between early July and early October 1871, when DGR and Mrs. Morris were together at Kelmscott Manor, which DGR had taken as joint tenant with Morris the previous May. The picture shows the manor in the distant background and the river Thames in the nearer background. The painting is perhaps glossed by the ballad that DGR wrote at the same time, then titled as this picture but now known as “A Death-Parting”.

Production History

Executed in 1871, the picture was not sold until 1877 when it was purchased by J. A. Turner (see Fredeman, Correspondence, 77. 119 ).

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