Fanny Cornforth and George Price Boyce

Alternately titled: A Conversation Piece at Blackfriars

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1858


◦ Surtees, Virginia, “A Conversation Piece at Blackfriars”, Apollo 97 (Feb. 1973) 146-147

Scholarly Commentary


This drawing was for some time attributed to Val Prinsep, but in 1973 correctly assigned to DGR by Virginia Surtees. It represents Fanny Cornforth leaning over the shoulder of George Boyce who is working at an easel in DGR's Blackfriar's studio. Boyce was much enamoured of Fanny and the drawing captures them in a touching erotic moment. On the wall at the back hangs a portrait of Ruth Herbert, who was a favorite model of DGR's until about 1858.

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