Louisa Ruth Herbert

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: pencil
Dimensions: oval, 13 x 10 in.
Other production information determined from the object: Inscribed along the right side of the picture: “Ruth Herbert 1858 GDR delt.”

Production Description

Production Date: 1858
Model: Louisa Ruth Herbert Crabbe
Note: Surtees offers the following biographical gloss: “Daughter of a West Country brass-founder, she married Edward Crabb in 1855 (she assumed the final E at a later date); her stage name, Miss Herbert, by which she was more generally known, has been retained throughout. Her Christian names were divided between the stage and the artist's studio; in the playbills of the period she invariably appears as Louisa Herbert, while Ruth was the name commonly used by Rossetti” (Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 1, 166-67 (no. 325)).


Current Location: Mrs. David K.E. Bruce
Archival History: Ruth Herbert; bequeathed to her son, Major A.B. Crabbe in 1921; sold at Christie's February 17, 1922 (lot 20) for £39. 18 s; purchased by Ruth Herbert's daughter, Lady Surtees; bequeathed in 1948 to the sitter's great-granddaughter, Mrs. David K.E. Bruce

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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 403.
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