Alternately titled: Bower Maiden
Alternately titled: Fleurs de Marie
Alternately titled: Gardener's Daughter

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: oil
Dimensions: 45 x 29 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1874
Note: Monogram and date are in the lower right corner.

Production Description

Production Date: 1873
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C., 1883 (no.79)
Original Cost: 650 guineas
Model: ?
Note: In a letter to his mother (February 23, 1874) DGR identified the model as “Little Annie”, a young lady later described by Theodore Watts-Dunton as a house assistant at Kelmscott (Fredeman, Correspondence, 74.36).


Current Location: Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Catalog Number: 1956-90
Archival History: William Graham; Graham sale at Christie's 1886, (lot 114); Lord Davey; Christie's 1936, (lot 52); Miss Martin; Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Scholarly Commentary


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Description: In a letter to Frederick Leyland (January 31, 1874), DGR described the picture thus: “I shall call the picture either Spring Marybuds or The Bower Maiden. It represents a young girl (fair) in a tapestried chamber, with a jar containing marybuds (or marsh marigolds, the earliest spring flowers here), which she is arranging on a shelf. Near her is a cat playing with a ball of worsted. The picture abounds in realistic materials & is much like the Veronica in execution & not inferior to that picture in colour.” (Fredeman, Correspondence, 74.21)
Copyright: ©Nottingham City Museums & Galleries; Castle Museum & Art Gallery


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 335.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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