Proserpine (oil replica, eighth version)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: oil
Dimensions: 30 3/4 x 14 3/4 in.
Signature: Dante Gabriele Rossetti
Date on Image: 1882
Note: Signature and date are inscribed on a scroll at the lower left.

Production Description

Production Date: 1882
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C. 1883, no. 92; Tate, Loan Exhibition of Works by Pre-Raphaelite Painters from Collections in Lancashire, 1913, no. 40


Current Location: Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery
Catalog Number: 7'27

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Proserpine (oil replica, eighth version)
Copyright: © Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

Included Text

  • Afar away the light that brings cold cheer
  • Unto this wall,—one instant and no more
  • Admitted at my distant palace-door.
  • Afar the flowers of Enna from this drear
  • Dire fruit, which, tasted once, must thrall me here).
  • Afar those skies from this Tartarean grey
  • That chills me: and afar, how far away,
  • The nights that shall be from the days that were.
  • Afar From mine own self I seem, and wing
  • Strange ways in thought, and listen for a sign: 10
  • And still some heart unto some soul doth pine,
  • (Whose sounds mine inner sense is fain to bring,
  • Continually together murmuring,)
  • “Woe's me for thee, unhappy Proserpine!”
Note: Poem is located in the upper-right corner of the picture.


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    Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 343.     Image: Reproduction is cropped at the bottom.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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