The Sleeper

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1846-1847 (circa)


◦ Cummings and Staley, Romantic Art in Britain, 310-311.

◦ Gere, Pre-Raphaelite Drawings, 20-21.

◦ Treuherz, Prettejohn, and Becker, DGR, 143 (no. 5).

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 6 (no. 29).

Scholarly Commentary


The drawing is one of the series that DGR made in 1846-1847 to illustrate Poe's verse. The drawing style is an effort to imitate the technique of fifteenth-century German engraving work. (For further commentary see the discussion of The Raven. Angel Footfalls).


The drawing illustrates Poe's poem of the same name (see in particular lines 41-43).

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