A study for the oil painting The Beloved (The Bride, 1865-66), now in the Tate collection. According to an entry in William Michael Rossetti's diary, the boy was employed as a servant and was spotted by Rossetti at the door of a hotel. Modern commentators have discussed this drawing in terms of diverse beauty, others have interpreted it as racist.

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  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Study of Marie Ford / by D.G.Rossetti / 1864
Notes reverse Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Pictures, Drawings, Designs and Studies by the Late Dante Gabriel Rossetti
131 Burlington Fine Arts Club, London 1883 - 1883
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
- Midlands Federation, Lichfield 1961 - 1961
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
37 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
37 Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
37 Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-02-14
Black Victorians: Black People in British Art 1800-1900
85 Manchester Art Gallery 2005-10-15 - 2006-01-06
85 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2006-01-28 - 2006-04-02


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 under no. 177.
Rossetti Papers 1862-1870
William Michael Rossetti 1903 Sands and Co., London -
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p.331.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 182E, p. 106; vol. 2, pl. 268.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 1F6.
Black Victorians: Black People in British Art 1800-1900
Jan Marsh 2005 Lund Humphries, Aldershot p. 160.


George P Boyce; Charles Fairfax Murray.

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