In 1861 the architect John Pollard Seddon (1827-1906) commissioned Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co. to produce ten decorative panels, depicting the Fine and Applied Arts, for an oak cabinet of his own design (now at the V&A). On Brown's suggestion the four door panels were decorated with scenes from the honeymoon of the medieval King René of Anjou, an enthusiastic patron of the arts, whose life had been popularised by Sir Walter Scott in his novel 'Anne of Geierstein' (1829) (John P. Seddon, King René's Honeymoon Cabinet, London, 1898, p.6). This is a study for 'Gardening,' one of four smaller decorative panels. The model may well have been Fanny Cornforth. In addition to designing this panel Rossetti also designed 'Music.' Burne-Jones designed 'Painting' and 'Sculpture' and Brown designed 'Architecture.' The cabinet was made by the furniture firm owned by Seddon's father and exhibited at the 1862 International Exhibition in London. 'Gardening was also used as a tile design by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Co.

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


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Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet
201 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1973 - 1973
William Morris and Kelmscott
23 West Surrey College, Farnham 1981-11 - 1981-12
William Morris and the Middle Ages
67 Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester 1984-09-28 - 1984-12-08


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. 118, p. 114.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p.327.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 132A, p. 82; vol. 2, pl. 201.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 1E7.
William Morris and the Middle Ages
Jennifer Harris, Joanna Banham 1984 Manchester University Press, Manchester pp. 134-36.


Rossetti Sale, 1883 (lot 90) £7.17s 6d, H Virtue Tebbs; Charles Fairfax Murray.

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