'Reverie', Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Portrait painting of a woman sitting down and leaning her head against her left arm

Coloured chalks on paper, dated 1868, 81 x 71cm, Private collection

The pose is the closest in Rossetti's work to one of the photographs of Jane Morris. It also refers to a traditional way of representing thoughtfulness or contemplation, with head on hand and elbow on knee.

This is a rare example in Rossetti's work of a landscape setting. The subdued greys and greens of the background are carefully harmonized in both colour and mood with the wistful figure. Jane's eyes here appear greener than usual.