'Carlisle Wall', Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A young couple embrace, sheltering from the wind

Watercolour on paper, dated 1853, 24.1 x 16.8cm, Tate. Bequeathed by Miss EK Virtue Tebbs 1949 (on loan to Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

Also called 'The Lovers', this was painted after a visit to Carlisle. It was inspired by Rossetti's enthusiasm for the poetry and romance of the middle ages.

The overall red tonality suggests that the title may be derived from the motto 'The sun shines red on Carlisle Wall'.