Dorothy and Theophilus

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1849


◦ Gasper, “The Sources of the Virgin Martyr,” 17-31.

◦ Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial, 234.

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 12 (no. 43).

Scholarly Commentary


The inspiration for this drawing is likely the martyrdom of Saint Dorothea, whose story is told in the seventeenth-century Flos Sanctorum, The Lives of the Saints, translated into English by William and Edward Kinsman. Dorothea, a young woman from Cappadocia, was sentenced to death by beheading for her Christian faith. On the way to the scaffold, she was mocked by Theophilus, who later repented and converted to Christianity upon witnessing one of her miracles.

The location of this work (if extant) remains unknown, and there are no reproductions in print.

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