Jane Morris seated, three quarter length

Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Parsons

1865 June

Physical Description

Medium: photography
Technique: collodion print
Dimensions: 25.3 x 20.4 cm

Production Description

Production Date: 1865 June
Exhibition History: R.A., 1973; Pre-Raphaelite Photography, A British Council Exhibition, 1983; Dante Gabriel Rossetti Exhibition, UK90 Festival: Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, September 22 through November 14, 1990; Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya, November 21 through December 9, 1990; Ishibashi Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation, Kurume, January 6 through February 11, 1991


Current Location: Victoria and Albert Museum
Catalog Number: 819,42
Note: The Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery has a print of the photograph (20.5 x 14.8 cm). It is a close duplicate of a second print in the Victoria and Albert (22.2 x 16.2 cm, record numbert 1737, 1939).

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. Farthest back and only partly visible is 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.


  • 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, three quarter length
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