Jane Morris seated in a wicker chair, three quarter length

Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Parsons


Physical Description

Medium: photograph
Technique: collodion print
Dimensions: 22.6 x 16.2 cm

Production Description

Production Date: 1865


Current Location: Victoria and Albert Museum
Catalog Number: 1737,1939
Note: The Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery has another, smaller print of the photograph (20.5 x 14.8 cm). The Victoria and Albert has a second copy in which the print is much lighter and the image severely cropped (Record No. 819,42). This second print measures 25.3 x 20.4cm.

Scholarly Commentary


Mrs. Morris facing right, seated in a wicker chair with her hands in her lap. The scene is DGR's garden with a two-layered backdrop framing the sitter. In the far background and only partly visible stands the decorated screen DGR used in another pose from this series; just in front of the screen is a large black cloth that serves as the immediate background to the seated figure.

Two versions of this shot are included in the album of Jane Morris Photographs put together in 1933 by Gordon Bottomly; they are the third and fourth in the sequence of twenty-eight prints in the album. The second of the two is much more closely cropped so that one loses the double-layered framing effect; in the second image only a small fragment of the decorated screen is visible at the bottom left

Production History

This is an original print made in 1865.


  • Bartram, Pre-Raphaelite Photography , 38-40.
  • Bartram, The Pre-Raphaelite Camera , Chapters 5-6.
  • DGR 1828-1882: An Exhibition [Tokyo 1990], 185.
Jane Morris seated in a wicker chair, three quarter length
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