In this study, executed during the same period as 'The Blue Bower', Rossetti shows his continuing interest in models who are physically strong, but at the same time maintain a degree of aloofness and mysticism. The model for this drawing is thought to be Ruth Herbert.

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


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
[monogram] 1865
Monogram middle right Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
35 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
35 Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
35 Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-02-14
The Blue Bower: Rossetti in the 1860s
- The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham 2000-10-27 - 2001-01-14


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. 367.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 182C, p. 106; vol. 2, pl 266.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 1F4.


James Richardson Holliday; bequeathed to City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1927, remained with Mrs Holliday until 1931.

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