Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1862
Model: Agnes ("Aggie") Manetti (known as "Fatty Aggie")


◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, (no. 262).

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 2, plate 396.

Scholarly Commentary


Agnes Manetti seems to have been one of the handsome women whom DGR met on his walks in London. He made at least five drawings of her in 1862-63, one now in Birmingham, another in the National Gallery of Wales, a third in the Chelsea Public Library, and a fourth now in a private collection. Another drawing, perhaps from 1864, also exists, and yet another (in the Huntington Library) seems to be a drawing of her as well. Only recently exposed is a drawing known from a photographic reproduction made by Lewis Carroll, now held in the Random Center, U. of Texas.

She was also, it seems, the model for the Joan of Arc that he began in 1862 and completed in 1863.

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