On 12 April 1853, at Rossetti's suggestion, the remaining members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood met for breakfast in Millais's studio. There they drew portraits of each other, to send out to Thomas Woolner in Australia; his emigration in 1852, along with Edward Bateman's and Bernhard Smith's, had inspired Ford Madox Brown's famous painting 'The Last of England' (in Birmingham's collection). Rossetti's drawing of Hunt captures that artist's slightly solemn and earnest character.

  • 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
12 April 1853. D G Rossetti (artist's hand) / to Thomas Woolner / Edward Bateman / Bernhard Smith [another hand]
Inscription bottom right Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
101 Russell-Coates Art Gallery, Bournemouth 1951-06-04 - 1951-08-07
40 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1973 - 1973
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
124 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
Christina Rossetti: 1830-1894
no. cat. National Portrait Gallery, London 1994-11-18 - 1995-02-12
Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
17 Walker Art Gallery 2003-10-16 - 2004-01-18
17 Van Gogh Museum 2004-02-27 - 2004-06-06
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2003-10-16 - 2004-01-18
- 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 no. 316.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 350.
'Portraits to Australia'
R Ormond January 1967 Apollo pp. 25-27.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford, Clarendon Press vol. 1, no. 341, pp. 169-70; vol. 2, pl. 406.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 3B10.
Pre-Raphaelite Portraits
Andrea Rose 1981 Oxford Illustrated Press, Yeovil p. 91.
Christie's Sale Catalogue, 16 October 1981
1981 Christie's, London p. 31.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Edwin Becker, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Julian Treuherz 2003 Waanders, Zwolle p. 150.


Thomas Woolner; F W Cosens, Cosens Sale Christie's 17 May 1890 (lot 12 attributed to F G Stephens) £9.9s; Fairfax Murray.

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Name Type
William Holman Hunt Depicted

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