Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1855 September
Model: Dante Gabriel Rossetti


◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 185 (no. 436).

Scholarly Commentary


This relatively early drawing was given to Charles Howell in late 1869 as a gift for “help in the manuscript of his poems from his wife's grave” (see Surtees 185). DGR told Howell in a letter of 16 August 1869 that “If I recover the book I will give you the swellest drawing conceivable, or if you like paint the portrait of Kitty [Howell's wife]” (see Fredeman, Correspondence, 69. 126 ). Since DGR was already doing a chalk portrait of Howell's wife, Howell took this early drawing.

See also the commentary for the Birmingham pencil self-portrait.

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