This is one of a group of toilette scenes by Rossetti dating to the 1860s and demonstrating the influence of Titian's ' Woman with a Mirror'. Beginning in 1859 with 'Bocca Baciata' (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Rossetti began to develop a series of paintings (in watercolour as well as oil) of half-length female figures, often with little or no specific subject. The model for this drawing was Fanny Cornforth. A watercolour version of this subject followed, now in a private collection.

  • 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
[monogram] 1864
Monogram bottom left Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Pictures, Drawings, Designs and Studies by the Late Dante Gabriel Rossetti
31 The Rossetti Gallery, 1a, Old Bond Street, London 1883 - 1883
Some Pre-Raphaelite Paintings and Drawings
- National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1955-07 - -
- Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea - - 1955-10
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
- Midlands Travelling Federation, Lichfield 1961-05 - 1961-05
Pre-Raphaelite Art: Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, Sculpture, Chintzes, Wallpapers: An Exhibition Arranged by the State Art Galleries of Australia
79 Australian State Galleries (Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney) 1962-03 - 1962-10
Artists of Victoria's England
49 Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, Florida 1965-02-02 - 1965-03-14
Pre-Raphaelite Art From Birmingham
46 Hong Kong Museum of Art 1984-10-19 - 1984-12-02
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
138 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
78 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington 1995-03-09 - 1995-05-07
78 Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio 1995-05-27 - 1995-07-16
78 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington 1995-08-11 - 1995-10-15
78 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1995-11-04 - -
78 High Art Museum, Atlanta 1996- - 1996-04
78 BMAG Gas Hall 1996-04 - 1996-07
Theodore Fontane and the Visual Arts
67 Alte Nationalegalerie, Berlin 1998-09-01 - 1998-11-29
The Blue Bower: Rossetti in the 1860s
34 Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham 2000-10-27 - 2001-01-14
34 Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts 2001-02-11 - 2001-05-06
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
103 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2003-10-16 - 2004-01-18
103 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 2004-02-27 - 2004-06-05
The Pre-Raphaelites
124 Nationalmuseum, Stockholm 2009-02-26 - 2009-05-24


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. 147.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 329.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 174A, p. 101; vol. 2, pl. 253.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 1F1.
Sotheby's Sale Catalogue, 12 November 1992
1992 Sotheby's, London p. 96.
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
Stephen Wildman 1995 Arts Services International, Alexandria, Virginia pp. 242-43.
The Blue Bower: Rossetti in the 1860s
Paul Spencer-Longhurst 2000 Scala Publishers, London no. 34
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Edwin Becker, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Julian Treuherz 2003 Waanders, Zwolle p. 188.
The Pre-Raphaelites
2009 Nationalmuseum cat.124, p.206; fig.46


Given by Rossetti to Fanny Cornforth; bought by Charles Fairfax Murray in Oct 1891 from Buck and Reid.

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Fanny Cornforth Artist's model

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