Medium: watercolour, pencil, gum arabic heightened with touches of bodycolour and with scratching out
Dimensions: 14 x 9 3/4 in.
Frame: The following text was inscribed on the original frame: “My beloved is mine and I am his; He feedeth among the lilies. Hail
highly favoured; blessed art thou among women.” The passage was taken from two biblical sources: the
first from the Song of Songs2:16, the second from Luke1:28.
Date on Image: 1855
Note: Inscribed on the verso in Boyce's hand:
“Painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti for G P Boyce – 1855.”
Inscribed on the old mount:
“My Beloved is mine and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
hail, thou that art highly favoured: blessed art thou among women.”
Inscribed by Boyce on a label on the backboard:
“The Annunciation of the Virgin,
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
(W. Col’ drawing 14 1/8 x 9 3/4 in.)
the original drawing bought in 1855
of the painter by this present owner
George P. Boyce of
West House. 33 Glebe Place. Chelsea
A further inscription reads:
“And now belonging to
Mrs George Boyce of
Production Date: 1855
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C. 1883 (no.3); New Gallery 1897 (no.53); Rome,
Royal Commission International Fine-Arts Exhibition, 1911; Tate 1923 (no.10); R.A.,
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet, 1973 (no.106); Tate,
Pre-Raphaelites, 1984 (no.212)
Model: Elizabeth Siddal
Note: Siddal sat for the figure of the Virgin..
Current Location: Agnew's, London
Archival History: G.P. Boyce 1855; Christie's sale July 1, 1897 (lot 155), £89. 5
s.; Mrs. Boyce;
J.W. Marsden; Dr. R.J.B. Marsden and E.C. Marsden; Christie's sale July 11, 1972 (lot 67); Sawyer; Sir Paul Getty