Marillier, An Illustrated Memorial, 194.◦
Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 148.
This work closely resembles the 1868 oil portrait of Jane
Burden Morris. DGR returned years later to complete this watercolour, which he had probably begun as a study for
the earlier portrait. He wrote to Jane that he had thought to name the work Vittoria Colonna,
but decided against inviting comparison with Michelangelo. Instead, DGR
decided on the title Bruna Brunelleschi, not wishing Jane's name to be so directly associated
with the work, and in reference to her dark complexion (see
Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 148).