Ruth Herbert

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1858 September 20

Physical Description

Medium: pen and ink
Dimensions: 10 3/8 x 7 3/4 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: Sept 20 1858
Note: Monogram in pencil at lower right; date in ink at lower right.

Production Description

Production Date: 1858 September 20
Model: Louisa Ruth Herbert Crabbe
Note: 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, A Catalogue Raisonné , 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

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    Wilson, R.E.A., Catalogue of Drawings by Old and Modern Artists , 8.
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    Ainsworth, Double Work of Art, 23.
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