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Elizabeth Siddal is the model for the figure of Rachel in Rossetti's watercolour 'Dante's Vision of Rachel and Leah' (1855), now in the Tate. There she is seated by what appears to be a somewhat puzzling high chair that in the colour version translates into a high-walled well, with Rachel looking down at her reflection in a stream. The subject of this work was taken from Dante's 'Purgatorio', Canto XXVIII.

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

Makers

Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -

Exhibitions

Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
223 City Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham 1947-06-07 - 1947-07-27
 
Dante Alighieri
- Rome 1965-09 - 1965
 
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- Van Gogh Museum 2004-02-27 - 2004-06-06
- USA 1995 - 1996
 
Burne-Jones
43 Mappin Art Gallery, Weston Park, Sheffield 1971-10-23 - 1971-11-28
 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet
93 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1973 - 1973
 
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
- Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery 1976-05-02 - 1976-06-20
 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
20 Casa di Dante, Abruzzo, Castello Gizzi, Torre de' Passeri, Pescara, Italy 1984-09-16 - 1984-10-31
20 Accademia di Belle Arti di, Brera, Milan 1984-11-09 - 1985-01-13
 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
7 Ramsgate Art Gallery, Kent 1988-04-09 - 1988-05-14
 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
127 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
127 Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
127 Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-02-14
 
Rossetti's Portraits of Elizabeth Siddal
28 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 1991-03 - 1991-07
28 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - - -
 
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
33 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington 1995-03-09 - 1995-05-07
33 Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio 1995-05-27 - 1995-07-16
33 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington 1995-08-11 - 1995-10-15
33 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1995-11-04 - 1996-01-02
33 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-01-23 - 1996-04-10
33 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 1996-05-25 - 1996-09-29
 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
30 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2003-10-16 - 2004-01-18
30 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 2004-02-27 - 2004-06-06
 

Literature

Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: an Illustrated Memorial of his Art and Life
H C Marillier 1899 George Bell and Sons, London p. 67.
 
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 342.
 
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London p. 8
 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol.1, 74A, p. 36; vol. 2, pl. 83.
 
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 2A4.
 
Rossetti's Portraits of Elizabeth Siddal
Virginia Surtees 1991 Scolar Press, Aldershot no. 28
 
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
Stephen Wildman 1995 Arts Services International, Alexandria, Virginia p. 142.
 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Edwin Becker, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Julian Treuherz 2003 Waanders, Zwolle p. 154.

Provenance

Rossetti Sale (Lot 133), £6.6s; Charles Fairfax Murray

Associated people

Name Type
Elizabeth Siddal Artist's model
Dante Author

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