Robert Browning

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1855 October

Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: 4 3/4 x 4 1/8 in.
Date on Image: October 1855
Note: “October” written in the upper left corner. “1855” written in the upper right corner.

Production Description

Production Date: 1855 October
Exhibition History: Rossetti Gallery (no.12)
Model: Robert Browning


Current Location: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Catalog Number: 681
Archival History: Hung over mantle at DGR's House at Chatham Place; given by DGR to Fanny Cornforth; purchased from her by Fairfax Murray through Gooden and Fox of Pall Mall; presented in July 1909 to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Scholarly Commentary


“Rossetti had first met the poet in London in the summer of 1851. . . . In the autumn of 1855 during their stay in London, Rossetti had hoped to paint the portraits of Browning and his wife, but this did not prove practicable, and the present water-colour drawing, begun in London and finished a few weeks later in Paris, was all that materialized” (Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 1, 159 (no. 275)).


Robert Browning
Copyright: ©Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge


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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial
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    Delaware Art Museum print
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    Delaware Art Museum print
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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 398.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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