This sketch, or combination of sketches as the case may be, appears on the
an early drawing
for DGR's final 1849 pen and ink work,
The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice
Much rougher than the sketch on its reverse, this pen and ink drawing
depicts Dante at right, looking back over his shoulder: the same arrangement
of the 1853
The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice. It
may be that while DGR was at work on the original design, he here first
began to conceive of the later watercolor arrangement.
The sketch actually seems to present two Dante figures, one standing upright
and one (as developed further in the watercolor version) bent at the knee.
Both look leftward over their right shoulder. The crouching Dante, the
furthest right of the two, is partially framed within a shaded rectangle. At
left, and on a lower plane, is the drawing of a closed door with four
vertical panels. Various shadings and markings may indicate other objects
and figures related to the scene.