Fanny Cornforth reached her zenith as Rossetti's model in the oil painting The Blue Bower of 1865, now at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham. By 1867 Rossetti's eyesight was deteriorating and he began to resort to using chalks. This may explain the choice of medium and flattering soft focus on the model (who would have been in her mid thirties by this date).

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Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
[monogram] 1868
Monogram middle centre Handwritten - Chalk


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
55 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
55 Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
55 Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-02-14
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
89 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington 1995-03-09 - 1995-05-07
89 Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio 1995-05-27 - 1995-07-16
89 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington 1995-08-11 - 1995-10-15
89 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas 1995-11-04 - 1996-01-02
89 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia 1996-01-23 - 1996-04-10
89 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery 1996-05-25 - 1996-09-29
The Blue Bower: Rossetti in the 1860s
37 The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham 2000-10-27 - 2001-01-14
37 The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts 2001-02-11 - 2001-05-06
The Pre-Raphaelites
125 Nationalmuseum, Stockholm 2009-02-26 - 2009-05-24


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 366.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Letters to Fanny Cornforth
Paull Franklin Baum 1940 John Hopkins Press, Baltimore frontispiece.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 304, p. 163.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 3A2.
Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England
Stephen Wildman 1995 Arts Services International, Alexandria, Virginia p. 264.
The Blue Bower: Rossetti in the 1860s
Paul Spencer-Longhurst 2000 Scala Publishers, London no. 37
Sotheby's sale, 13 June 2002
2002 Sotheby's, London no. 24
The Pre-Raphaelites
2009 Nationalmuseum, Stockholm cat.125, p.207; fig.47


Lord Battersea; Charles Fairfax Murray.

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Fanny Cornforth Artist's model

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