The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice

Alternately titled: Dante drawing the Angel

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: pen and ink
Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 12 7/8 in.
Signature: Dante G. Rossetti. P.R.B.
Date on Image: 1849
Assignment: “Dante G. Rossetti to his PRBrother John E. Millais.”
Other production information determined from the object: Written above the top is the title:“Florence, 9th June, 1291: The first anniversary of the death of Beatrice.”
Note: The signature and date in appear in the lower left corner, with the assignation in the upper right corner.

Production Description

Production Date: 1849
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C. 1883, (no.96); Tate 1911, (no.85); Tate 1923, (no.252); Birmingham 1947, (no.194); Bournemouth 1952, (no.82); Leicester Museums and Art Gallery 1968, (no.38)
Original Cost: gift


Current Location: City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Catalog Number: 485'04
Archival History: Sir John Millais; Millais Sale, Christie's 1898, (no. 6); Fairfax Murray

Scholarly Commentary


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The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice
Copyright: © Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

Included Text

Beata Anima bella, chi te vede, 9 Giugno, 1290.
Note: Words are written on the wall by the window, above Dante's head.
"On that day on which a whole year was completed since my lady had been born into the life eternal, – remembering me of her as I sat alone, I betook myself to draw the resemblance of an angel upon certain tablets. And while I did thus, chancing to turn my head, I perceived that some were standing beside me to whom I should have given courteous welcome, and that they were observing what I did: also I learned afterwards that they had been there a while before I perceived them. Perceiving whom, I arose for salutation, and said, “Another was with me.”

See Dante's ”Autobiography of his early life.”
Note: Excerpt is written in DGR's hand below the image.


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 27.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
File Name: s42.rap.xml