Portrait of Fanny Cornforth

Alternately titled: [Unidentified Portrait]
Alternately titled: Portrait of Mrs. William Michael Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: black, red, gray chalk
Dimensions: 28 3/8 x 24 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1874
Note: The monogram and date are inscribed at lower right.

Production Description

Production Date: 1874
Exhibition History: Possibly Rossetti Gallery (no.5)


Current Location: Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University
Catalog Number: 1941. 89
Archival History: Possibly Fanny Cornforth; Harold Rathbone; Grenville L. Winthrop

Scholarly Commentary


A recent essay by Kirsty Stonell argues persuasively that this portrait, long left unidentified, is Fanny Cornforth. The Fogg Museum of Art displays the work under the title Portrait of Mrs William Michael Rossetti , but there appears to be no grounds for such an identification.


  • Stonell, “A Short Note on the Recent Identification,” The Review of the PRS, X.3 2002, 2-7.
  • Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 1, 205 (no. 569).
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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