Dante Gabriel Rossetti
1858 September 20
Medium: pen and ink
Dimensions: 10 3/8 x 7 3/4 in.
Date on Image: Sept 20 1858
Note: Monogram in pencil at lower right; date in ink at lower right.
Production Date: 1858 September 20
Model: Louisa Ruth Herbert Crabbe
According to Surtees, Herbert was the “[d]aughter 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,
, vol. 1, 166-67 (no. 325)).
Current Location: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Archival History: Ruth Herbert; bequeathed to her son, Major A.B. Crabbe, in 1921; probably sold at Christie's,
February 17, 1922 (part of lot 18 or 19); purchased in 1935 by the Ashmolean Museum
Catalogue of Drawings by Old and Modern
Double Work of Art, 23.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1