Jane Morris reclining on divan

Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Parsons

1865 June

Physical Description

Medium: photography
Technique: collodion print
Dimensions: 25.8 x 20.5 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: 824/42
Note: The Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery has a print of the photograph (15.7 x 19.1 cm). The Victoria and Albert Museum's companion print (Record No. 1744.1939) has dimensions of 16.5 x 19.8 cm and is, like the Birmingham print, cut down from the original negative.

Scholarly Commentary


This is one of three prints made from a single negative. Mrs. Morris is reclining on a plush loveseat facing right with her head resting on a black pillow and turned slightly away from the viewer. Her hands are in her lap and the pose is set against a black backdrop. This print is a modern work made from the original 1865 negative. The other two extant prints were made in 1865 and were both cropped down: the print in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the other copy in the V & A. The larger modern print is darker and shows more background area, including part of a canopy and some of its upholding poles.

Production History

Printed around 1930.


  • Bartram, Pre-Raphaelite Photography, 38-40.
  • Bartram, The Pre-Raphaelite Camera, Chapters 5-6.
  • DGR 1828-1882: An Exhibition, Tokyo 1990, 186.
Jane Morris reclining on divan
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