Ruth Herbert

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1858-59 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Technique: watercolour, gold powder and umber rubbed in gum, on white paper
Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 in.
Other production information determined from the object: Written on mat at bottom: An Experiment in Method: “Ruth Herbert”

Production Description

Production Date: 1858-59 (circa)
Exhibition History: Manchester Exhibition, 1871
Model: Louisa Ruth Herbert Crabbe


Current Location: Bancroft Collection, Wilmington Society of Fine Arts, Delaware
Archival History: Puchased at the Manchester Exhibition by William Sharp, 1871; sold by his executor, Mr. Gillibrand, in 1892; Bancroft Collection, Willmington Society of Fine Arts, Delaware

Scholarly Commentary


The picture is one of DGR's experiments with watercolor technique. It was given to Frederick Shields in 1871 for an exhibition to raise money for the artist Henry James Holding, who had recently died without leaving any resources for his family.


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


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