'The Rose Garden', Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Drawing in which a young woman leans down to kiss a men kneeling on the floor

Title page and frontispiece of 'The Early Italian Poets from Ciullo d'Alcamo to Dante Alighieri translated by D Gabriel Rossetti', Relief print, published 1861, 18.5 x 23.5cm, Stephen Calloway

The poet Algernon Swinburne posed for the man being kissed by the woman.

This is from an extremely rare copy of the book, as Rossetti disliked the plate made from his design and is said to have destroyed it. Most copies of this book, containing his translations of early Italian poetry, have a plain title page.