The Girlhood of Mary Virgin

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: pen and wash with gilt haloes
Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 4 3/4 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1848-9
Model: Mrs. Gabriele Rossetti, DGR's mother, sat for St. Anne.
Model: Christina Rossetti sat for the Virgin.
Model: According to Surtees, Old Williams, employed by the Rossetti family, sat for St. Joachim.
Model: ‘Gabriel made a study, from a girl whom Collinson recommended to him, for the head of the angel’ (WMR, The P.R.B. Journal, 11). This was done in August 1849, when DGR was repainting parts of the picture. The original angel's face is said to have been modelled on Thomas Woolner's half-sister (Surtees, vol. 1, 10).


Current Location: Private Collection
Archival History: Purchased in London, 1959.

Scholarly Commentary


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  • Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 10-11 (no. 40a).
  • WMR, The P. R. B. Journal, 11.
The Girlhood of Mary Virgin
Copyright: Private Collection
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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