Rupes Topseiana

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1874
Model: William Morris


◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 212 (no. 611).

Scholarly Commentary


The title is a wordplay on the Tarpeian Rock; DGR's cartoon depicts the Topseian Rock (or cliff), with Morris being hurled down from heaven with a copy of his epic poem The Earthly Paradise to a hell waiting below. In the heavens are a saintly picture of Jane Morris as a Blessed Damozel and two patriarchal figures looking sternly at Morris's descent.

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