Borgia (study)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1850 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: pencil and black chalk
Dimensions: 19 1/8 x 10 3/8 in.
Note: A pencil inscription in Boyce's hand appears at lower right: “Given by D.G.R. to G.P.B. March 1st 1856.”

Production Description

Production Date: 1850 (circa)
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C., 1883 (no.109); New Gallery 1897 (no.71); Manchester 1911 (no.134); Tate 1923 (no.326); Maas Gallery, Pre-Raphaelites and their Contemporaries, 1962 (no.77)
Model: Miss Mead was the model for the dancing girl.


Current Location: Virginia Surtees
Purchase Price: gift
Archival History: G.P. Boyce; Christie's sale July 1, 1897 (part of lot 20); Sir Charles Holmes; Sir Sydney Cockerell; Virginia Surtees 1859

Scholarly Commentary


On verso is a pencil sketch of a naked female figure, facing forward, with her head turned to the left and hands raised to her mouth. There is no formal identification of the subject, but a slightly legible inscription by G.P. Boyce of which only “Borgia” is fully decipherable. The model for this sketch also modelled for another nude sketch.



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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2 (plate 37).
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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