Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1873
Model: Jane Burden Morris


◦ Marillier, DGR: An IIlustrated Memorial, 170.

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 128.

◦ WMR, DGR as Designer and Writer, 87-88.

Scholarly Commentary


This work emerged when DGR cut down a picture he was working on, one of his many attempts at rendering Mrs. Morris as Proserpine. See the group of paintings and drawings relating to that subject.


Mrs. Morris holds a bunch of snowdrops, and in her hair are yellow primroses. These are spring flowers and suggest that the picture represents Proserpine before she was carried off to Hades.

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