Jane Morris seated in plush chair

Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Parsons

1865 June

Physical Description

Medium: photography
Technique: collodion print
Dimensions: 18 x 14.3 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: 1743.1939

Scholarly Commentary


Mrs. Morris outdoors, slumped in plush chair facing the camera, under cloth canopy. Her left hand is curled back over her left shoulder, her right rests on her knee. Off to the right edge of the picture is visible a chair with a shawl or some sort of drapery thrown over it. A second print, uncropped and printed darker, is identified in the Victoria and Albert records as a modern print; this is the original (1865) print.

The picture is closely related to “Jane Morris reclining on divan”, which incorporates the same setting from a radically different point of view.


  • Bartram, Pre-Raphaelite Photography , 38-40.
  • Bartram, The Pre-Raphaelite Camera , chapters 5-6.
Jane Morris seated in plush chair
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