An early unfinished drawing, begun around 1855, this is one of the earliest of Rossetti's Dante subjects, representing the sonnet 'Guido Vorrei'. The drawing was abandoned but Rossetti returned to the subject about twenty years later.

  • Presented by Charles Fairfax Murray in 1910.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
[Verso]: G / Early drawing for Boat of / Love - Mrs Siddal's figure
Notes reverse top left Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Dante Alighieri
- Rome 1965 - 1965
Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet
350 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1973-01-13 - 1973-03-11


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Chronological List, with notes, of Paintings and Drawings from Dante by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Paget Jackson Toynbee 1912 Frateli Bocca, Turin pp. 150-51.
City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Drawings
A E Whitley 1939 Bemrose & Sons, Ltd., Derby p. 343
April 1968 Apollo p. 248.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 239C, p. 137.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 2A6.

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