Other Physical Features: The uncropped version of this picture in the
Victoria and Albert collection measures 25.3 x 20.7 cm. (Record
Production Date: 1865 June
Exhibition History: R.A., 1973;
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: 1740.1939
Note: The Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery has
print of the photograph (19.4 x 14.6 cm) that is cropped down like this copy; the V & A owns a
As with a number of photographs in the Jane Morris series, at least three copies of this pose survive, one print in the Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, this copy (which is, like the latter, a nineteenth-centry print), and another (modern) print also in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Album of Portraits of Mrs. William Morris (Jane Burden). Posed by Rossetti, 1865 .
This picture is one of the most remarkable in the series, and the two prints that are preserved in the Victoria and Albert album make a nice contrast. Mrs. Morris is posed outdoors against the backdrop of a billowing canopy, with her hands clasped at her midriff. She is turned facing the camera, though she looks away to the right. The other V & A print is a modern print and shows the composition of the original negative. The Birmingham print, which is a replica of this cropped version, does not display the framing effect that comes through in this image.
This pose is very close in style to another pose also composed outdoors in the marquee. Mrs. Morris' odd posture indicates that she must be half standing, half sitting on some sort of pedestal.