This is thought to be a study for 'The Blue Bower' at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham. In the past the model has been identified as Ruth Herbert, but is now considered to be Fanny Cornforth. There is also a second drawing, similar but more detailed, which was bought by George Price Boyce.

  • 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 left Handwritten - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
34 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
34 Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
34 Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-02-14


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. 353.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 554, p. 203; vol. 2, pl. 430.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 3A12.
The Blue Bower: Rossetti in the 1860s
Paul Spencer-Longhurst 2000 Scala Publishers, London no. 36


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

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Name Type
Fanny Cornforth Artist's model

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