Benedick and Beatrice

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1850 September


◦ Fredeman, Correspondence, 50.15.

◦ Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial, 35-36, 235.

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 15 (no. 46).

Scholarly Commentary


Only two sketches were completed for this unfinished work, which was to represent the final scene in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. DGR wrote to his brother on 3 September 1850 that “Having found it impossible to get the Browning picture ready for next Exhib: I have designed the subject I mentioned to you from Much Ado about Nothing, and shall begin to paint it in a very few days. I think it will come well” ( Fredeman, Correspondence, 50. 15 ). The “Browning picture” was Hist! Said Kate the Queen

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