Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dimensions: 8 x 9 3/4 in.
Date on Image: Dec 1858
Note: Date located at lower left.
Production Date: 1858 December
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: Mrs. Virginia Surtees
Archival History: Ruth Herbert; bequeathed to her son, Major A.B. Crabbe, in 1921; bought by Ruth Herbert's daughter, Lady Surtees from the
Christie's sale, February 17, 1922 (lot 21); bequeathed in 1948 to the sitter's great-granddaughter, Mrs. Virginia Surtees.
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