On the front a study from life for a design for an old ballad, 'The Ballad of Fair Annie', one of four sketches by Rossetti.On the back is a pencil sketch by Elizabeth Siddal for 'Jephtha's Daughter' (Judges XI). An Israelite commander who waged war against the Ammonites, Jephtha vowed to sacrifice to God 'whosoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me', should he return victorious: this proved to be his daughter, his only child. This work is the only drawing by Siddal in the Birmingham collection. This is from a group of drawings identified as studies for 'Jephtha's Daughter'.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -
Artist Elizabeth Siddal -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
This sketch / by Miss Siddal (inscribed by Charles Fairfax Murray)
Notes reverse bottom right Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Some Pre-Raphaelite Paintings and Drawings
- National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1955-07 - 1955-10
- Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea - - -
45 Mappin Art Gallery, Weston Park, Sheffield 1971-10-23 - 1971-11-28
Elizabeth Siddal 1829-1862: Pre-Raphaelite Artist
23 Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield 1991-01-13 - 1991-04-13
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery
43 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington 1995-03-09 - 1995-05-07
43 Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio 1995-05-27 - 1995-07-16
43 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington 1995-08-11 - 1995-10-15
43 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1995-11-04 - 1996-01-02
43 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-01-23 - 1996-04-10
43 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 1996-05-25 - 1996-09-29


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
From Hogarth to Keene
Henry Reitlinger 1938 Methuen, London pl. xxxv(a).
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 358.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 68A, p. 32; vol. 2, pl. 55.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 2C7.
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England.
Stephen Wildman 1995 Arts Services International, Alexandria, Virginia p. 164.


Fanny Cornforth, Charles Fairfax Murray

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