The sitter of this drawing has not been satisfactorily identified. There had been a suggestion that it was May Morris but this has since been disputed (see correspondence in the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery archive file). This was one of at least four works by Rossetti in the possession of Joseph Toynbee by 1879; his daughter, Grace Coleridge Toynbee, was the donor's mother, having married Percy Frankland, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham.

  • Presented by Edward P. Frankland, in memory of his mother, 1946.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
[monogram] 1874
Monogram middle right Handwritten 1874 Chalk


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings
- Midlands Federation, Lichfield 1961 - 1961
Pre-Raphaelite Women
32 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 1985-10-09 - 1986-01-02
32 Stoke-on-Trent Museum and Art Gallery 1986-09-13 - 1986-10-19
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
63 Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo 1990-09-22 - 1990-11-14
63 Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya 1990-11-17 - 1990-12-09
63 Ishibashi Museum of Art, Kurume 1991-01-08 - 1991-02-14


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882, The Paintings and Drawings: A Catalogue Raisonne
Virginia Surtees 1971 Oxford University Press, London vol. 1, no. 568, p. 205.
Pre-Raphaelite Drawings: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Andrea Rose 1977 The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London no. 2G11.


Bought from the artist by Joseph Toynbee; presented by his grandson, Edward P. Frankland, in memory of his mother to City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1946.

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