Michael Scott's Wooing

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: pen and brown ink
Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 8 1/2 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1853
Other production information determined from the object: Michael Scott's Wooing. to AM[unro]
Note: Title written at lower left. Monogram, date and dedication at lower right.

Production Description

Production Date: 1853
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C., 1883 (no.37); Tate, 1923 (no.183); Whitechapel, 1948 (no.84); Port Sunlight, 1948 (no.160); "DGR: Painter and Poet," RA, 1973 (no.342)


Current Location: Mrs. J. A. R. Munro
Archival History: Alexander Munro; descended to his daughter-in-law, Mrs. J. A. R. Munro

Scholarly Commentary


Surtees described the scene as a “Young woman holding an open book, having her hair dressed by an attendant, is seated by a man; both are facing to the left looking towards the figure of Love standing beneath a tree, playing on an instrument. A child sits on the floor to the right of the chair; another figure in the background with head bowed” (Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 1, 21). This is an early version of a subject that DGR explored later and more fully in chalk.



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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial ,145.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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