This is the artist's second watercolour, and originally formed part of a large design for Kate the Queen, which was destroyed by Rossetti but of which four fragments remain. The subject was taken from Browning's poem 'Pippa Passes'. The entire composition was to represent a queen sitting among many maidens in a 'painted gallery'.

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


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Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Dante Rossetti / Fece in Londra / 1850
- top right Handwritten - Ink over pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
- Portland Gallery, London 1850 - 1850
Exhibition of Sketches and Drawings
- 121 Pall Mall, London Winter 1852 - Winter 1852
Pictures, Drawings, Designs and Studies by the Late Dante Gabriel Rossetti
9 Burlington Fine Arts Club, London 1883 - 1883
Works by English Pre-Raphaelite Painters Lent by the Art Gallery Committee of the Birmingham Corporation
55 Tate Gallery, London 1911-12 - 1912-03
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
10, repro Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
10, repro Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
10, repro Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-02-14


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
1884 Art Journal p. 151.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: an Illustrated Memorial of his Art and Life
H C Marillier 1899 George Bell and Sons, London no. 20; p. 32.
Letters of Dante Gabriel Rossetti to William Allingham, 1854-1870
George Birkbeck Hill 1897 T. Fisher Unwin, London p. 161.
Rossetti: A Critical Essay on his Art
Ford Madox Hueffer 1902 Duckworth and Co., London pp. 36-37.
Time Was: Reminiscences
Graham Robertson 1931 Hamish Hamilton, London p. 89.
Letters of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
John Robert Wahl, Oswald Doughty 1967 Oxford University Press, Oxford p. 118; p. 162.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 45, p. 14; vol. 2, no. 43.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 1A3.
''Sincerity and earnestness': D. G. Rossetti's early exhibitions 1849-53'
Colin Cruise January 2004 The Burlington Magazine, vol. 146 pp. 4-12.


Given to Ford Madox Brown by the artist; Brown Sale at his house, 1 St Edmund's Terrace, Regent's Park, 29 May 1894 (Lot 111); Christie's 10 March 1900 (lot 97); bought Charles Fairfax Murray.

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