Unidentified Portrait

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: coloured chalk on pale–green paper
Dimensions: 34 1/4 x 25 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1870
Note: The monogram and date are inscribed at right.

Production Description

Production Date: 1870


Current Location: Miss Sylvia Crawshay
Archival History: Mrs. Thomas Ayres; Christie's sale April 23, 1906 (lot 25), £6. 6. s.

Scholarly Commentary


This unidentified portrait may possibly be of Sophie Burgess, begun on March, 11th while DGR was with W.J. Stillman at Barbara Bodichon's house, Scalands, Robertsbridge, Hawkhurst, Kent.


  • Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 204 (no. 561).
Description: A female figure, at three-quarter-length, seated and facing to front with head three-quarters to left, downturned. Her right cheek rests upon her left hand, and her right arm (which lies across her knees) supports the left. The hair is worn forward across the forehead and is tied with two bands that run across the crown of the head. The subject wears a simple dress, with the drapery falling from the right shoulder.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
File Name: s561.rap.xml