Found (study for head of woman)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1853 - 1857

Physical Description

Medium: pencil with pen and ink
Dimensions: 22.2 x 19 cm

Production Description

Production Date: 1853 - 1857
Exhibition History: London, Leger Galleries, British Paintings, Watercolours, and Drawings , April 1995


Current Location: Private Collection
Note: Sold at Sotheby's 9 December 2008 (lot 103)
Archival History: Simeon Solomon (gift of the artist; thence to Frederick Hollyer (1887) and James Gray (1894); Private Collectors (1894-1989, 1989-2002, 2002-)

Scholarly Commentary


This study for the head of the woman in DGR's uncompleted painting Found was executed in the mid-1850s. The unknown model is the same who sat for the two studies now in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery collection, one that came to the museum from Hollyer and Fairfax Murray, the other from Fanny Cornforth and Fairfax Murray. This study is not recorded by Surtees.

Surtees surmises that the model was one of Alexander Munro's maids, but others have suggested that she was an acquaintance of Ford Madox Brown.


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