Beauty and the Bird

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1858 June 25

Physical Description

Medium: pen and India ink
Dimensions: 34.3 x 25.4 cm
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 25 June 1858
Other production information determined from the object: In Memoriam; This is a sketch drawn at Little Holland Hse by Rossetti—Reminiscence of Miss Herbert (partially scratched out with a knife: “an actress all the Pre-Raffaelites were in love with.”) G. Weldon
Note: Monogram located at middle right and the date at lower center. Two notes are inscribed in pencil on the drawing. In the lower center is DGR's endorsement and at the lower right Georgina Treherne has written a note on the occasion of the drawing.

Production Description

Production Date: 1858 June 25


Current Location: Private collection, London

Scholarly Commentary


This drawing was first noticed in 1973 by Virginia Surtees (see bibliography). It is a sketch of Ruth Herbert, the beautiful young actress whom DGR first saw on the stage in early 1856. She served for a model in a number of DGR's pictures, and DGR also made several portraits of her, of which this is one.


  • Surtees, “Beauty and the Bird”, 84-87.


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    Surtees, “Beauty and the Bird”, 84-87.
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