The Nativity

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1855 June

Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: unknown

Production Description

Production Date: 1855 June
Original Cost: £15 (possibly 15 guineas)
Repainting: January 1856?
In a January, 1856, letter to DGR, Ruskin says that the artist has “much mended” the painting. Ruskin's chief gripe concerned the coloring of the flesh.


Current Location: unknown
Archival History: John Ruskin

Scholarly Commentary


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Production History

WMR's Ruskin, Rossetti, Preraphaelitism prints an October, 1855 letter from Ruskin to DGR: “Please oblige me in two matters or you will make me ill again. Take all the pure green out of the flesh in the Nativity I send, and try to get it a little less like worsted-work by Wednesday, when I will send for it. I want the Archdeacon of Salop, who is coming for some practical talk over religious art for the multitude, to see it.” See also Doughty and Wahl, Letters, 26 as well as Troxell, Three Rossettis, 28-29.


Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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