Jane Morris standing, in marquee [2]

Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Parsons

1865 June

Physical Description

Medium: photography
Technique: collodion print
Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 cm

Production Description

Production Date: 1865 June
Exhibition History: R.A., 1973; Pre-Raphaelite Photography, A British Council Exhibition (1983)


Current Location: Victoria and Albert Museum
Catalog Number: 1741.1939
Note: The uncropped version of this picture in the Victoria and Albert collection measures 28.5 x 20.1 cm. (Record No. 823/42).

Scholarly Commentary


This pose is closely related to another pose in which Mrs. Morris is outdoors under a marquee and against a white backgroup, with her hands clasped at her midriff. In this pose her body is turned to the left but her face is turned directly at the camera. As in the related pose, this exists in two printed states, one that shows a billowing canopy, the other that is more lightly printed and that is cropped close. The cropped print is much less dramatic. The uncropped picture is in fact a modern print made when Gordon Bottomly was putting together the album of photographs that house all of the Victoria and Albert prints.

The Victoria and Albert Museum has two other prints of this picture. Both are the version that is not closely cropped. One of these is a black and white print, the other is a sepia print. The Museum records identify the cropped print as an original, the other as a modern copy. Of course all the copies of the uncropped version ultimately derive from an original 1865 negative, and in fact it is these copies that show the negative's original compositional structure.


  • Bartram, Pre-Raphaelite Photography , 38-40.
  • Bartram, The Pre-Raphaelite Camera , Chapters 5-6.
Jane Morris standing, in marquee [2]
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