La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: 14 3/4 x 6 3/4
Signature: monogram; musical notes “G.D.”
Date on Image: 1855
Note: Monogram and date are inscribed at lower right. The musical notes “G.D.” are inscribed at upper right.

Production Description

Production Date: 1855
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C., 1883 (no.16); Rome 1977 (no.18)
Model: Elizabeth Siddal
Note: Siddal sat for the female figure.


Current Location: Lilian Murray
Archival History: John Ruskin; G.P. Boyce; Christie's ale July 1, 1897 (lot 151), £78. 15 s.; Fairfax Murray; Sotheby's sale June 19, 1969 (lot 162, withdrawn from sale); Miss Lilian Murray

Scholarly Commentary


Surtees notes Fairfax Murray's suggestion that the figures represent Laertes and Ophelia; Murray's suggestion is perhaps derived from the resemblance of these figures and the two principal figures in the First Madness of Ophelia (vol.1, 39).



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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, Frontispiece.
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    Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 192.
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