Jane Morris was the ndaughter of an Oxford ostler. She had virtually no education when Rossetti and friends first met her when working on the Oxford Union murals in 1857. Whether lovers or not, as described by Christiopher Newall, this drawing speaks of the 'loving intimacy that existed' between sitter and artist.

  • Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Exhibition of British Art c. 1000-1860
1257 Royal Academy of Arts, London 1934-01-06 - 1934-03-10
English Drawings and Engravings
296 Museum Toma Stelian, Bucharest (and tour to Vienna and Prague) 1935 - 1936
296 Vienna and Prague - - 1936
Reality and Vision in Three centuries of English Drawing
41 Roland, Browse and Delbanco 1945-03 - 1945-04
Peintures et Aquarelles Anglaises, 1700-1900, du Musee de Birmingham
92 Musée de Lyon 1966-10-23 - 1966-11-20
Pre-Raphaelite Women
29 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1985-10-09 - 1986-01-02
29 Stoke-on-Trent Museum and Art Gallery 1986-09-13 - 1986-10-19
Jane Morris
no cat. no. William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow 1986-11-01 - 1987-03-01
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
128 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2003-10-16 - 2004-01-18
128 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam 2004-02-27 - 2004-06-06
The Pre-Raphaelites
126 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.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
1947 Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London no. 7
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 389, p. 178.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 2G9.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Edwin Becker, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Julian Treuherz 2003 Waanders, Zwolle p. 201.
The Pre-Raphaelites
2009 Nationalmuseum, Stockholm cat.126, p.207


James Richardson Holliday; bequeathed to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 1927.

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Jane Morris Depicted

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