This drawing is for the picture of Launcelot at the Shrine of the Holy Grail for the Oxford Union Society. On the back is a study of Rossetti's artist friend Val (Valentine Cameron) Prinsep (1838-1904) which was probably made when he and Rossetti were working on the Oxford Union murals. A recently discovered drawing, virtually identical to this one in pose but much more finished, was sold at Christie's in 2000 (28 November, no. 30).

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Works by English Pre-Raphaelite Painters Lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
59 Tate Gallery, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
Paintings and Drawings of the 1860s Period
157 Tate Gallery, London 1923-04-27 - 1923-07-29
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
2276 City Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham 1947-06-07 - 1947-07-27
The Victorian Romantics
39 Leicester Galleries, London 1949 - 1949
Some Famous Pre-Raphaelites
- Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield 1952 - 1952
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings and Watercolours
- Cambridge Arts Council Gallery 1953-05-16 - 1953-10-24
- Norwich Assembly Rooms - - -
- Hatton Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne - - -
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
58 Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery 1976-05-02 - 1976-06-20
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
(Verso) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1996-05-25 - 1996-09-29


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, Ltd., Derby p.319.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London p. 10
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 93D, p. 52.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 1C6.


Fanny Cornforth, Charles Fairfax Murray

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Valentine Cameron Prinsep Artist's model

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