'Jane Morris lying on a sofa', Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Full length portrait drawing of a woman lying down resting her head against pillows

Pencil on paper, dated Aug. 12 1870, 24.1 x 45.1cm, The Society of Antiquaries of London (Kelmscott Manor)

Jane Morris suffered throughout her life from debilitating back pain and was often too ill to sit up or stand.

Rossetti made at least fifteen drawings of Jane reclining on a sofa, the large majority of which date from 1870. Most are in pencil or pen-and-ink, rather than the more elaborate coloured chalks he used for more formally posed drawings of the same period.