This was one of the first major Pre-Raphalite pictures to enter the collection and was bought directly from the artist's studio sale in May 1883. It is an unfinished version of an earlier painting of 1879 which is at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. There is also a pastel version of 1870 at Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester. The picture illustrates a passage from the Dante's Vita Nuova in which a woman, otherwise known as the 'Lady of the Window', looks down from her window upon the grief-stricken Dante mourning the death of Beatrice. Here the lady is seen seated at an open window, leaning her arms upon the sill, and looking downwards. The head is a likeness of Jane Morris.

  • Purchased, 1883.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Loan Exhibition of Works by Ford Madox Brown and the Pre-Raphaelites
184 City of Manchester Art Gallery 1911-09-14 - 1911-11
Works by English Pre-Raphaelite Painters Lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
18A Tate Gallery, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
Paintings and Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and their Followers
43 Russell-Coates Art Gallery, Bournemouth 1951-06-04 - 1951-08-07
Some Famous Pre-Raphaelites
- Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield 1952 - 1952
Nineteenth-Century English Art
71 Folkestone Art Gallery, Kent 1965 - 1965
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet
361 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1973-01-13 - 1973-03-11
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
88 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
88 Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
88 Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-02-14
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
110 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington 1995-03-09 - 1995-05-07
110 Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio 1995-05-27 - 1995-07-16
110 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington 1995-08-11 - 1995-10-15
110 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1995-11-04 - 1996-01-02
110 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-01-23 - 1996-04-10
110 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 1996-05-25 - 1996-09-29
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
144 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2003-10-16 - 2004-01-18
144 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 2004-02-27 - 2004-06-06


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
F G Stephens May 1894 Portfolio pp. 74-75.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: an Illustrated Memorial of his Art and Life
H C Marillier 1899 George Bell and Sons, London no. 301; pp. 198-99; 256.
1899 The Artist vol, 24, no 232, p. 182.
Chronological List, with notes, of Paintings and Drawings from Dante by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Paget Jackson Toynbee 1912 Frateli Bocca, Turin no. 94; p.163.
City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham: Catalogue of Paintings
1960 City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham p. 127.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 255RI, p. 152.
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
Stephen Wildman 1995 Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia p. 312.


Rossetti sale, Christie's, 12 May 1883 (lot 101), bought by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for £47.5s.

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Mrs Jane Morris Artist's model

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