Boatmen and Siren

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1853 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: pen and brown ink
Dimensions: 4 3/8 x 7 1/4 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1853 (circa)
Exhibition History: Pre-Raphaelite Teaching Exhibition, Whitworth Art Gallery, 1961 (no. 29)
Original Cost: gift


Current Location: Manchester City Art Gallery
Catalog Number: 1925. 133
Archival History: G.P. Boyce; Charles L. Rutherston

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Boatmen and Siren
Copyright: © Manchester City Art Galleries

Included Text

Lo marinaio oblia, che passa per tal via.
Note: Inscribed at lower center. Translates literally as “ the mariner forgets, passing through such ways”. The line inaccurately reproduces two lines (31-32) from Jacopo da Lentino's canzone, “Membrando ciò, che Amore” , which DGR translated as “At the end of his hope” in The Early Italian Poets , page 220.


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 53.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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