At least three copies of this pose survive,
one in the
Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, the other two in the Victoria and
Album of Portraits of
Mrs. William Morris (Jane Burden), Posed by Rossetti, 1865
. This the smaller of the two V & A prints.
The state of the two Victoria and Albert Museum prints tells much about DGR's
involvement with these photographs. In the V & A's other,
larger copy a good deal of space is
left around the sitter, who is seated in DGR's garden, in full view, and facing to her right. A
decorated screen is placed a few feet behind her; beyond that is foliage, though it is
scarcely discernible as such. The print shows where Gordon Bottomly
worked on the original print with a brush to
disguise where the top of the print had been damaged
during later efforts to mount it.
This paired print in the album shows DGR
intervening on the original photograph. In this case he has used a brush to paint on the
print and smooth out Mrs. Morris's dress (along the left sleeve and also among the
folds by her left leg). The second print also illustrates a characteristic alteration of another
kind that one finds in the album prints. This second
print is much lighter and has been cropped so that the screen takes up virtually the whole of the background.
This is a modern print made sometime shortly before Bottomly put the album of prints together for May Morris.