Nude sketch

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1850 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: pencil
Dimensions: 19 1/8 x 10 3/8 in.
Other production information determined from the object: Borgia
Note: Inscribed by G.P. Boyce at lower left.

Production Description

Production Date: 1850 (circa)


Current Location: Virginia Surtees
Archival History: G.P. Boyce; Boyce sale at Christie's, July 1, 1897 (part of lot 20); Sir Charles Holmes; purchased by Sir Sydney Cockerell, January 1, 1898; given to Virginia Surtees in 1959

Scholarly Commentary


This sketch appears on the verso of a preliminary study of a little dancing girl for Borgia. The word “Borgia”, written by G.P. Boyce is faintly decipherable.


  • Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 16 (verso of no. 48a).
Description: “...a pencil sketch of a naked female figure, seated fronting the spectator with her head turned to the left and both hands raised to her mouth.” (Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, 16).
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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