The Sonnet

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: pen and ink
Dimensions: 4 3/4 x 7 3/8 in.
Note: At verso center is inscribed, in CR's hand: “Size of Treasury of English Sonnets,” and above and below WMR has added in pencil: “Gabriel gave to his mother, for her 80th birthday, a copy of Main's Treasury of Sonnets, with his inserted design (well known) of The Sonnet . The drawing overpage is an alternative design (I know no other form of it) for same subject. Date wd. be towards April/80.”

Production Description

Production Date: 1880
Original Cost: a gift from DGR to his mother


Current Location: Mrs. Virginia Surtees
Archival History: Frances Polidori Rossetti; WMR; Sir Sydney Cockerell 1911; Virginia Surtees 1957

Scholarly Commentary


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Included Text

A sonnet is a moment's monument
Note: This is inscribed at right center.


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 386.
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