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The Two Mothers

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1850 - 1865

WAG 295

About this object

Rossetti began work on this painting in 1850. He intended it to be a much larger picture, based on a poem by Robert Browning (1812-1889). He later abandoned the composition and cut the canvas up, preserving only the present fragment.

The woman in the painting was originally shown reading a book of Italian poetry. Rossetti later added the little girl and the statuette of the virgin and child to make a sentimental image of family piety.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti (British: English, born:1828-05-12, died:1882-04-09)
  • Date
    1850 - 1865
  • Materials
    Oil paint; Canvas on panel
  • Measurements
    30.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Physical description
    Painting of a woman and child looking at a sculpture of the Madonna and Child.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner) ; John Graham (Previous owner) ; John Heugh (Previous owner) ; Emma Georgina Holt (Previous owner) ; George Holt (Previous owner) ; J E Hutton (Previous owner) ; T H McConnel (Previous owner) ; Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 295
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by Emma Holt in 1944
  • Location
    Sudley House, Ground Floor, Drawing Room
  • Collection
    From the Sudley House collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Emma Georgina Holt

    Owned from: 1896
    How acquired: By descent from George Holt
    Owned until: 1944
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery
  • George Holt

    Owned from: 1888-06-20
    How acquired: Purchased from Agnew's Gallery on 20 June 1888 for £210
    Owned until: 1896
    Disposal method: By descent to Emma Holt
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1887-04-30
    How acquired: Purchased at Christie's on 30 April 1887 for 185 guineas, Lot 83
    Owned until: 1888-06-20
    Disposal method: Sold to George Holt on 20 June 1888 for £210
  • John Graham

    Owned from: 1884-05-10
    How acquired: Purchased at Christie's on 10 May 1884
    Owned until: 1887-04-30
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 30 April 1887 for 185 guineas, Lot 83
  • J E Hutton

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1884-05-10
    Disposal method: Sold anonymously at Christie's on 10 May 1884, Lot 87
  • T H McConnel

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 24 April 1847, Lot 152
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • John Heugh

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1847-04-24
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 24 april 1847, Lot 152
Object view = Fine Art
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