Head of Sophy Burgess

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1870 March-April
Model: Sophia Burgess

Scholarly Commentary


DGR wrote to Barbara Bodichon (14 April 1870) that he had just “finished the drawing of Sophy Burgess and I think made a pretty good thing of it”. He was staying at her estate in Scalands at the time. He earlier wrote of Miss Burgess as “a British beauty. . .in the shape of a gamekeeper's daughter” whom he wanted to make a chalk drawing of, if Barbara Bodichon could persuade the girl to sit for him. DGR sold the drawing for fifty guineas to William Graham right after he had completed it (see Fredeman, Correspondence, 70. 53, 101, 118 ).

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