Dante's Vision of Rachel and Leah

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: 14 x 12 1/2 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1855
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C. 1883 (no.19); New Gallery 1897 (no.50); Tate 1923 (no.14); Brussels 1929 (no.13a), R.A., 1934 (no.839); Newcastle 1971 (no.23); Paris 1972 (no.229); R.A. 1973 (no.92); Tate 1984 (no.214)
Patron: John Ruskin
Date Commissioned: 1855
Original Cost: 30 guineas
Model: Elizabeth Siddal
Note: Siddal sat for the figure of Rachel


Current Location: Tate Gallery
Catalog Number: 5228
Purchase Price: bequest
Archival History: John Ruskin; Ellen Heaton; Beresford Rimington Heaton (1940); Tate Gallery

Scholarly Commentary


The watercolour illustrates an episode from Dante's Purgatorio, Canto XXVII. This is one of two watercolours dealing with subjects from Dante commissioned by Ruskin in April 1855. The other is Dante's Vision of Matilda Gathering Flowers .


Dante's Vision of Rachel and Leah
Copyright: ©Tate Gallery, London 2001


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 82.
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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 66b recto.
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