The Maids of Elfen-Mere

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1855 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: woodcut
Dimensions: 127 x 76 mm

Production Description

Production Date: 1855 (circa)

Scholarly Commentary


DGR's drawing was executed for the woodcut illustration made by the Dalziel brothers for William Allingham's poem “The Maids of Elfin-mere”, which was published in June 1855 in his volume of verse The Music Master, A Love Story, and Two Series of Day and Night Songs . DGR was extremely unhappy with the woodcut when he first saw it, and was never completely satisfied; but after initially refusing to see his drawing appear in its woodcut version, he eventually relented and the work was published.

Dalziel's woodcut is a much more severe work than DGR's drawing. Nevertheless, it is an excellent work in its own right.


The Maids of Elfen-Mere
Copyright: © Tate, London 2003


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