Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: oil
Dimensions: 14 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.
Signature: monogram
Note: Monogram on the largest bottle, lower left. Probably added around 1860.

Production Description

Production Date: 1848
Model: Fanny Cornforth
Note: It is likely that Fanny modeled for the figure of the sleeping woman.
Repainting: 1860 (circa)
Surtees suggests that the sleeping figure may have been painted in around 1860, when the circular monogram DGR was then using, was probably added.


Current Location: Bancroft Collection, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
Archival History: WMR believed Madox Brown sold the painting to Herbert H. Gilchrist in 1894, whereas records in the Bancroft Collection suggest that it belonged to Fanny Cornforth until its sale in 1898.

Scholarly Commentary

Production History

“Executed under the tutelage of Madox Brown in the early part of 1848, and probably the first attempt in oils. The older artist had set him to paint still-life, a form of drudgery much opposed by Rossetti” (Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 1, 7 (no. 31)).


Copyright: ©Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 17.
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    Hunt, Pre-Raphaelitism , 75.
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    Delaware Art Museum print.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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