Blessed Damozel

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: Red and black chalks on pale green paper
Dimensions: 47.6 x 30.1 cm
Signature: monogram
Note: Monogram is inscribed on the lower left, and the date on the lower right. On the back is the inscription: "Transfigured workhouse Boy, Drawing made at Broadlands August 1876, by D.G. Rossetti"

Production Description

Production Date: 1876


Current Location: Private Collection
Archival History: Christie's sale April 27, 1976 (no.197); Private Collection.

Scholarly Commentary


This is one of two studies for the angel executed by DGR in the Broadlands while a guest at Cooper Temple's house in August of 1876.

Production History

DGR wrote to Treffry-Dunn on August 13, 1876: "They set about finding me babies for the baby head in the Damozel. First came a workhouse baby. I spent a day in drawing it, but it wouldn't do."


This is a study for the head of a cherub in The Blessed Damozel .


  • Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 321.
  • Doughty and Wahl, Letters, 1451-52.


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    Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 321.
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