Study for Love and Beatrice in 'Dante's Dream'

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1871 about

WAG 381

About this object

This drawing was made by the artist when he was planning the composition for his epic oil painting ‘Dante’s Dream’, also owned by the Walker Art Gallery. The focus in this drawing is on the figure of Beatrice on the right. Rossetti modelled the character on his lover Jane Morris (1839 - 1914).

This drawing is perhaps connected with the replica of the painting or a work by H. Treffry Dunn, the artist's assistant. [docket card]

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti (British: English, born:1828-05-12, died:1882-04-09)
  • Date
    1871 about
  • Materials
    Chalk (Black); Chalk (Red); White heightening; Wash; Grey Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 60 cm x 44.2 cm; image: 57.5 cm x 43 cm
  • Physical description
    A female figure with long wavy hair on the right has her eyes closed and reclines, holding both hands to her chest. A standing male figure on the left leans over the female to kiss her. He holds a flower in his hand which is cast to the far left of the composition.
  • Related people
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Artist/maker) ; William Michael Rossetti (Previous owner) ; C J Sawyer (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 381
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1940.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • C J Sawyer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1940
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery
  • William Michael Rossetti

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: DGR
    Inscription method: (in monogram)
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Upper left [on the canopy]
Object view = Fine Art
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