Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: 9 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1851
Note: The monogram, inscribed with the date at lower right, was added in 1860.

Production Description

Production Date: 1851
Exhibition History: Hogart Club 1859; R.A., 1883 (no.346); New Gallery 1897 (no.60); Manchester 1911 (no.154); Tate 1923 (no.21); Birmingham 1947 (no.97); Leicester Museums and Art Gallery, The Victorian Vision of Italy, 1968 (no.38); Newcastle 1971 (no.5); R.A., 1973 (no.56); Baden–Baden 1973–74 (no.96); Tate 1984 (no.174)


Current Location: Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery
Catalog Number: 125.1949.30
Purchase Price: bequest
Archival History: G.P. Boyce; Christie's sale July 1, 1897 (lot 153), £94. 10 s.; C. Shannon; L. Hacon; Sir Edmund Davis; Gordon Bottomley; Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery

Scholarly Commentary


Originally conceived as a sketch inspired by lines from Shakespeare's Richard III (Act I, Scene i), this work evolved into a scene in the life of the Borgia family.


Copyright: ©Tullie House, Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 35.
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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , facing 38.
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    Angeli, DGR con 107 illustrazioni , 106.
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    Verso of painting in Tullie House, Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery.
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    Delaware Art Museum print.
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