Elizabeth Siddal

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1861 May
Model: Elizabeth Siddal Rossetti


◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné vol. 1, 104n.

◦ Williamson, Country Life,11 July 1936, 35-36 .

Scholarly Commentary


This remarkable picture is a watercolor painted over a carte de visite photograph. According to G. C. Williamson, DGR made the portrait in May 1861 while attending at the bedside of his wife shortly after she gave birth to her dead child on 2 May. DGR gave the picture to the woman who nursed Elizabeth through that illness. It was later discovered by Lady Sudeley, who contacted Williamson to verify the authenticity of the picture. After checking with both WMR and Fairfax Murray, who authenticated the picture, Williamson purchased it on behalf of J. Pierpont Morgan for his famous collection of miniatures, which Williamson catalogued. The picture was subsequently sold from the Morgan Library collection and passed to the Walters Art Gallery.

Production History

The elaborately jewelled frame was added to the picture when it was acquired by Morgan.

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