The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice

Alternately titled: Dante drawing the Angel

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1848 September

Physical Description

Medium: pen and ink and pencil
Dimensions: 11 x 9 1/8 in.
Signature: G.C.D.R.
Date on Image: Sept. 1848
Note: The date and monogram are inscribed at lower right.

Production Description

Production Date: 1848 September
Original Cost: gift


Current Location: RIBA Drawings Collection, 21 Portman Square, London W1H 6LP
Catalog Number: 1963.15

Scholarly Commentary


“Perhaps the first drawing for the subject; the grouping is essentially the same though the male figure on the extreme left and many of the accessories have not yet been introduced. The head and shoulders of Dante are much rubbed; also part of his clothing” (Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 1, 12 (no. 42B)). A sketch, or combination of sketches as the case may be, appears on the verso.


The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice
Copyright: ©Royal Institute of British Architects, Drawings Collection


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 28.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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