Tennyson Reading Maud

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1855 September 27

Physical Description

Medium: pen and ink
Dimensions: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.
Date on Image: 27 Sept 1855
Note: The date is inscribed at lower right. At upper right is inscribed: “I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood.”

Production Description

Production Date: 1855 September 27
Model: Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Current Location: unknown
Archival History: Elizabeth Siddal; WMR

Scholarly Commentary


This is DGR's original sketch of Tennyson, as reproduced in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, December 1883, p.37. The sketch illustrates an essay on Tennyson by Anne Thackeray Ritchie, and is accompanied by the following footnote: “This early sketch was preserved by Robert Browning, to whose courtesy we are indebted for its use, and was one of the interesting pictures of the Rossetti exhibition held in London after the painter's death. Mrs. Browning was another of the distinguished company.”



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    Harper's New Monthly(December 1883): 37.
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