The Girlhood of Mary Virgin [print]

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1855-1913 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: Brown and cream/beige print with rounded top, mounted on beige board.
Dimensions: Board: 45.4 cm x 35.5 cm; print: 23.9 cm x 19 cm; tissue paper containing sonnet: 7.7 cm x 13.5 cm
Note: Opaque white tape forms an irregular cross on left side of board; bottom left corner and edge of board are missing. In the bottom right corner is William Michael Rossetti's signature, in brown ink.

Production Description

Production Date: 1855-1913 (circa)


Current Location: Delaware Art Museum

Scholarly Commentary


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The Girlhood of Mary Virgin [print]
Copyright: ©Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial.

Included Text

Samuel Bancroft, Jr.,


Wilmington, Delaware.
Note: There is a blue inked Bancroft stamp at center of verso.
The Girlhood of Mary Virgin.
  • These are the symbols. On that cloth of red
  • I' the centre is the Tripoint; perfect each
  • Except the second of its points, to teach
  • That Christ is not yet born. The books, - whose head
  • Is golden Charity, as Paul hath said, --
  • Those virtues are wherein the soul is rich:
  • Therefore on them the lily standeth, which
  • Is Innocence, being interpreted.
  • The seven-thorn'd briar and the palm seven-leaved
  • Are her great sorrow and her great reward. 10
  • Until the end be full the Holy One
  • Abides without. She soon shall have achieved
  • Her perfect purity: yea, God the Lord
  • Shall soon vouchsafe His Son to be her Son.
(D. G. Rossetti)
Note: The second sonnet of Mary's Girlhood appears in blue type on a piece of tissue paper affixed beneath the print, containing.
Manuscript Addition:

#9, Marillier, 1848 – 9, p. 22 / .. ess

Editorial Description: Cursive pencil across top left of board.
Editorial Note: The reference is to Marillier's book, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , p. 22.
Manuscript Addition: Dante Gabriele Rossetti / P.R.B. 1849
Editorial Description: Bottom left of print.
Manuscript Addition: 51 Girlhood Mary Virgin / 56 71
Editorial Description: Cursive pencil at top left of verso, with “56” circled and @ldquo;71” in a box.
Manuscript Addition: 8
Editorial Description: Pencil at top right corner of verso.
Manuscript Addition: S40
Editorial Description: Pencil at bottom left corner.
Editorial Note: The reference is to the work's catalogue number in Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné .
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
File Name: sa679.s40.rap.xml