The Sleeper

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1846-47 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: pen and Indian ink
Technique: The margin around the drawing is washed with rose.
Dimensions: 9 x 4 3/4 in.
Signature: D.G. Rossetti
Other production information determined from the object: ‘E.A. Poe’ written in upper left corner. In lower center: ‘The Sleeper’ has been written on a piece of paper that has been added.
Note: The signature is written in the upper right corner.

Production Description

Production Date: 1846-47 (circa)
Exhibition History: Detroit and Philadelphia, Romantic Art in Britain 1760-1860, 1968 (no.219); Newcastle, 1971 (no.1); R.A., 1973 (no.28)


Current Location: British Museum
Catalog Number: 1936-6-8-1
Archival History: Given by DGR to Lowes Cato Dickinson; bequeathed to his youngest son, Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, and inherited by his sister; purchased from Watford Wilson & Co. in 1936 by the British Museum

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The Sleeper
Copyright: ©Licensed by the Trustees of the British Museum


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 15.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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