The German Lesson

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1869 August 4

Physical Description

Medium: pen and ink
Dimensions: 5 3/4 x 7 in.
Date on Image: 4th August 1869
Note: The title is written in the lower right corner in DGR's hand.

Production Description

Production Date: 1869 August 4
Model: Jane Burden Morris
Model: William Morris


Current Location: British Museum
Catalog Number: 1939-5-13-1. (2.)
Purchase Price: gift
Archival History: Jane Burden Morris; May Morris; gift to Dr. Robert Steele

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The German Lesson
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Included Text

Das Erdiges Paradies
Note: “The Earthly Paradise”, written in German on the frame of the picture on the rear wall, depicting Adam and Eve.
Note: This is the reply given to William Morris by the chamber maid as he gestures to the pair of trousers.


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 437.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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