Mrs. Morris and the Wombat

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1869 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: pen and ink
Dimensions: 7 1/4 x 4 1/2 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1869 (circa)
Model: Jane Burden Morris


Current Location: British Museum
Catalog Number: 1939-5-13-1.(3.)
Purchase Price: gift
Archival History: Jane Burden Morris; May Morris; gift to Dr. Robert Steele

Scholarly Commentary


The drawing is one of the best of his comical treatments of his pet wombat. The association it makes between Mrs. Morris and the animal connects the two texts, Parted Love! and Parted Love.


Mrs. Morris and the Wombat
Description: “An aureoled Mrs. Morris leading a wombat by a ribbon across the cloudy floor of heaven” (Graham Robertson, quoted in Surtees vol. 1, 211).
Copyright: © Licensed by the Trustees of the British Museum


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 441.
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