About This Artwork

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
English, 1828-1882

Elizabeth Siddal (Mrs. Dante Gabriel Rossetti), c. 1854

Graphite with stumping, on ivory wove paper, edge mounted to off-white wove paper
264 x 113 mm
Inscribed lower left: "[...]/ESR"

Restricted Gifts of Alan Rutenberg and Dr. William D. Shorey; William O. Hunt Fund in honor of Harold Joachim; Mr. and Mrs. William O. Hunt and Sarah R. Shorey Endowment, 1989.472

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

London, Royal Academy of Arts, "Dante Gabriel Rossetti," 1973, cat. 51.

London, Tate Gallery, "The Pre-Raphaelites," 7 March-28 May 1984, cat. 207.

Wartski, "Artist’s Jewelry," 1989, no. 183.

London, Maas Gallery, "Pre-Raphaelites and Romantics," 20 June-7 July 1989, cat. 53.

New York, The Frick Collection, "From Pontormo to Seurat: Drawings Recently Acquired by The Art Institute of Chicago," April 23-July 7, 1991, n.p., cat. 41; traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, September 10, 1991-January 5, 1992.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Building a Collection: New Acquisitions and Promised Gifts of British Art," May 1–August 1, 2004, checklist 20.

Publication History

Laurel Bradley, “Elizabeth Siddal: Drawn into the Pre-Raphaelite Circle,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 18, 2 (1992), pp. 136-145, fig. 1.

Virginia Surtees, The Paintings and Drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Oxford, 1971), p. 194, no. 490.

Alastair Grieve, The Drawings and Watercolors of 1850-1855: The Art of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Norwich, 1978), p. 80.

Charlotte Gere and Geoffrey C. Munn, Artists’ Jewellry: Pre-Raphaelite to Arts and Crafts (Suffolk, 1989), p. 59, pl. 28.

Debra Mancoff, Jane Morris: The Pre-Raphaelite Model of Beauty (San Francisco, 2000).

Martha Tedeschi, “Forward,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 18, 2 (1992), pp. 108-111, fig. 4.

Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at University of Virginia, "The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti," http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/rossetti/

Ownership History

Sold, Christie’s, London, May 12, 1883, Rossetti sale, lot 127, to Professor Daniel Oliver (died 1916) [London 1984]; by descent to Captain Philip Oliver, R.N., by 1971-at least 1973 [Surtees 1971; old label, indicates that Oliver lent the drawing to the 1973 London exh.]. Private collection, by 1984 [London 1984]. Sold by J.S. Maas and Sons Limited, London, to the Art Institute, 1989.

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