Blessed Damozel (study for predella)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1877 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: black chalk touched with red
Dimensions: 14 5/8 x 35 5/8 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1877 (circa)


Current Location: The Earl of Gowrie
Archival History: Surtees suggests that Agnew purchased the item for £18, 18 s. as part of lot no. 21 at the Rossetti Sale (1883); later sold for £336 at the Christie's auction of June 17, 1969, as lot no. 99; The Earl of Gowrie

Scholarly Commentary


Surtees notes that Rossetti may have made this study for the reproduction of The Blessed Damozel and not for the original. She calls attention to “the fall of the hair on the forehead” and the lack of the reclining lover's sword and pouch.


  • Highly Important Victorian Paintings and Drawings, [Sotheby's 19 March 1979]
  • Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 234 (appendix no. 10).


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