Fairfax Murray had claimed that this work was a later one than the finished pen drawing. Surtees, however (vol. 1, p. 63), claims that this is an early work. More recently Christopher Newall has pointed out that this drawing stands on its own and was then re-worked as the finished composition in the Fitzwilliam Museum. Mary Magdalene may well be based on Fanny Cornforth.

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Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet
116 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1973-01-13 - 1973-03-11
Rossetti and the Double Work of Art
- Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven 1976-09 - 1976-11
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
67 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2003-10-16 - 2004-01-18
67 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 2004-02-27 - 2004-06-06


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. 96.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 321.
Unfamiliar Art of the Bible
Nicolete Gray 22 August 1964 The Tablet p. 957.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 109C, p. 63; vol. 2, pl. 159.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 1D2.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Edwin Becker, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Julian Treuherz 2003 Waanders, Zwolle p. 171.


Fanny Cornforth, Charles Fairfax Murray

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