Mrs. James Leathart

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1862 December
Model: Maria Leathart


◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 170-171 (no. 344).

Scholarly Commentary


DGR's finished portrait of Mrs. Leathart was sent to James Leathart along with two studies: “Today the portrait has been fetched by Green & I trust starts this afternoon for Newcastle. The dress, book, & 2 drawings are enclosed” (letter of 21 January 1863 to Leathart, Fredeman, Correspondence, 63. 16 ). Leathart gave one of the drawings to William Bell Scott and kept the other. This unfinished oil, which DGR discarded, remained in his possession (see DGR's comments in his letter to Leathart of 19 January: “On trying to retouch the first portrait—the one which I gave up—I found that I could not make it of any value to you as a likeness and so have thrown it aside altogether. I have done a little to the drawing I first made for it, and send that and the other, either both for yourself or one for Scott as you please ( Fredeman, Correspondence, 63. 14 ).

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