Charles Fairfax Murray titled this sketch “Dante &
Beatrice” on the sheet's verso side, where DGR has a cancelled
copy of his sonnet Willowwood I. The sheet with the drawing
is bound up in the Fitzwilliam manuscript
of The House of Life. It is possible that
the drawing and the sonnet may have had some relation in DGR's mind. Since the drawing represents the same scene as that depicted in the left panel of the early version of The Salutation of Beatrice,
this may be a sketch toward a picture that DGR conceived but never executed.
The sheet of paper bearing the sketch is one of several
carrying texts that can be confidently dated around June 1869.