This is a sketch of one of Rossetti's two aunts. She wears a severe quaker-type bonnet which is relieved by fur lining. The Polidoris became Anglicans on their move to London. There is a larger and more finished drawing of the same sitter in the same pose in a private collection (Surtees, no. 411).

  • Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Eliza Hassaitt [?] Polidori / Aunt of DGR / c1859
- reverse Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
208 City Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham 1947-06-07 - 1947-07-27
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet
8 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1973 - 1973
Christina Rossetti 1830-1894
- National Portrait Gallery, London 1994-11-18 - 1995-02-12


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Limited., Derby p. 347.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 409, p. 181.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 2F9.


Fanny Cornforth, Charles Fairfax Murray

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Name Type
Eliza Harriet Polidori Depicted

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