Lady Having her Hair Combed Out

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: pen, ink, and brown wash
Dimensions: 6 x 4.5 in
Signature: none
Date on Image: none

Production Description

Production Date: 1855


Note: Sold at Duke's, 12 April 2012 (lot 160, Catalogue 56-47.) The dating of the picture and its title are supplied by WMR in the presentation label to Effie Ritchie that accompanies the picture. Neither are DGR's.

Scholarly Commentary


This image anticipates DGR's preoccupation with the figural representation of women's hair, particularly as it being combed out for dramatic display. See for example the drawings of Annie Miller, Fanny Cornforth, and Jane Morris. DGR's special fixation begins around 1860, and this particular scene is perhaps most dramaticaly presented in the Fitzwilliam Museum watercolour Morning Music .

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