A study for one of the couples in the background of the Blessed Damozel. This particular group appears in the left background of the 1875-78 version of the painting in the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, comissioned by William Graham. There is also a version of the painting in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (1875-79). The work is based on a poem, 'The Blessed Damozel', by Rossetti. Rossetti is here seen to be making pencil revisions to teh back nof the male figure.

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


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Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
145 Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany 1968-09-30 - -
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
82 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
82 Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
82 Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-01-08


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 p. 189.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 339.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 244H, p. 143.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 1G8.


Rossetti sale, 1883 (lot 198),£15.15s; Charles Fairfax Murray.

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