La Bella Mano

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: oil
Dimensions: 62 x 42 in.
Signature: D.G. Rossetti
Date on Image: 1875

Production Description

Production Date: 1875
Exhibition History: Royal Academy, 1883, #307.
Patron: Murray Marks
Date Commissioned: February 15, 1875
Original Cost: £1,050
Model: Alexa Wilding
Note: Alexa Wilding sat for the principal figure
Model: May Morris
Note: It is likely that May Morris sat for the angel holding the tray.
DGR painted out a blue jar Marks had provided for the painting.


Current Location: Bancroft Collection, Wilmington Society of Fine Arts, Delaware
Purchase Price: £2,205
Archival History: Murray Marks; F.S. Ellis; Sold for £865 at the May 16, 1885, Christie's auction (no. 90); Sir Cuthbert Quilter, Bart.; Sold for £2,205 at the Quilter Sale, Christie's July 9, 1909 (no. 79)

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La Bella Mano
Copyright: © Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial


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    Angeli, DGR con 107 illustrazioni , 143.
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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 341.
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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , facing 184.
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    Masterpieces of DGR (Gowans and Gray), 54.
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    Radford, Dante Gabriel Rossetti , 46.
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    Hollyer print, Delaware Art Museum, Bancroft Collection.
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