The Early Italian Poets Illustrations

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1862 (circa)
Sources of the Work:
Artist: DGR
Location: Princeton University Library


◦ Surtees, “The Early Italian Poets”, 130-131.

Scholarly Commentary


This set of six small drawings is made in a copy of DGR's The Early Italian Poets (1861). The date of their execution is uncertain but the style is early and it is likely DGR made them shortly after the book appeared in print. He wanted to issue his book of translations with a set of illustrations as well as an illuminated title page. The publisher refused on grounds of expense. These drawings probably represent a selection of a much larger set he had planned for his book. They appear on pages 12, 15, 18, 21, 26, and 29 and they illustrate either the poem ending on the page with the drawing, or the poem beginning on the facing page.

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