The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice

Alternately titled: Dante drawing an angel

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: 16 1/2 x 24 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1853
Note: The monogram and date are inscribed at lower right.

Production Description

Production Date: 1853
Exhibition History: Pre-Raphaelite Exhibition, 4 Russell Place, Fitzroy Square, 1857 (no.55); R.A., 1883 (no.362); R.A., British Art, 1934 (no.843); Arts Council 1953 (no.43); Tate 1984 (no.197)
Model: Elizabeth Siddal
Note: Siddal sat for the head of the young woman.
Model: Williams
Note: Williams sat for the elderly gentleman.
Model: WMR
Note: WMR may have sat for the head of Dante.


Current Location: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Purchase Price: bequest
Archival History: Francis MacCracken; Christie's sale March 31, 1855 (lot 84), £52. 10 s.; Thomas Combe

Scholarly Commentary


Eriko Yamaguchi has identified a pictorial source for this work in Camille Bonnard's Costumes Historiques (1829). The costume of religious figure on the left was designed after Paul Mercuri's illustration of a fifteenth-century Podestat .


The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice
Copyright: ©Courtesy of the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford


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    Angeli, DGR con 107 illustrazioni , 17.
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    Stephens, Dante Gabriel Rossetti , 34a.
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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 36.
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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné vol. 2, plate 51.
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    Phythian, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood , 26.
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    Radford, Dante Gabriel Rossetti , 3.
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    Delaware Art Museum Mansell print.
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    Delaware Art Museum print.
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