Desdemona's Death–Song (finished design)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1878-1881 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: pencil with traces of red chalk on grey paper, laid down
Dimensions: 41 x 29 1/2 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1878-1881 (circa)
Exhibition History: probably Bradford, Exhibition of Fine Arts, 1904 (no.468)


Current Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington
Archival History: Fairfax Murray 1899; Sir Thomas Wardle; Wardle Sale, Leek, 1909; W.H. Rider; Mrs. W.H. Rider; J.T. Birch; By bequest to his son W.R. Birch; Sotheby's sale November 20, 1969 (lot 191), £1,350; Leger; Robert S. Walker; Getty estate; Christie's sale November 23, 2004; Agnew's Art Gallery

Scholarly Commentary


Surtees asserts that this drawing and a crayon design may be one and the same (see Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 1, 150, 237).


Desdemona's Death–Song (finished design)
Copyright: © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washingtion

Included Text

Desdemona's Death–Song
Note: The title is inscribed at upper left.


  1. image

    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 196.
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    Wood, Drawings of DGR , plate XXXVI.
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    Delaware Art Museum print.
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