The Bard and Petty Tradesmen

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1868 May

Physical Description

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

Production Description

Production Date: 1868 May
Model: William Morris


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

Scholarly Commentary


This caricature was sent in a letter to Jane Morris, with the following explanation: “As it is now the fashion for successful men in any walk of literature to start a newspaper at once, I offer overpage a heading on the principle of the “Globe and Traveller.” Will you endeavour to make the great original “seriously incline” thereto?” (Fredeman, Correspondence, 68.100).


The Bard and Petty Tradesmen
Copyright: © Licensed by the Trustees of the British Museum

Included Text


And Petty Tradesmen
Note: The first two words are separated by the two figures, with the rest of the title running underneath them.
No. I. London Published as Lord Campbells Act forbids One penny
Note: This text runs along the bottom of the paper, separated from the text above by a line.


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 443.
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