The Return of Tibullus to Delia (sketch)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1855 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: pencil touched with pen and ink
Dimensions: 16 3/16 x 12 5/8
Note: The paper on the right–hand side has been cut off in a diagonal direction.
Note: At the lower right there is an inscription:“Study by D.G. Rossetti from his wife from the “Delia” in his Tibullus' return to Delia [date illegible].” Surtees also notes that there is, on the verso, another inscription by G.P.Boyce: “Study made (probably 1855) from his wife ( née Elizabeth Eleanor Siddall) whom he maried in 1860, for the “Delia” in the “Tibullus' Return to Delia”, by Dante G. Rossetti. The action of the head of Delia is different in this drawing from that in the subsequent watercolour drawing. The gift of the artist to G. P. Boyce, December 6th, 1868.”

Production Description

Production Date: 1855 (circa)
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C., 1883 (no.108); Brussels, Retrospective Exhibition of British Art , 1929 (no.151); Arts Council 1953 (no. 49); Ashmolean Museum, Rossetti's Portraits of Elizabeth Siddal, 1991 (no.8)
Model: Elizabeth Siddal
Note: Elizabeth Siddal sat for Delia.


Current Location: Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery
Catalog Number: 403'04
Archival History: G. P. Boyce; Fairfax Murray; Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery

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The Return of Tibullus to Delia (sketch)
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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 60.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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