Beatrice, a Portrait of Jane Morris

DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI PRB (1828-1882) Biography
PRE-RAPHAELITE (founded 1848) Biography

Beatrice, a Portrait of Jane Morris (England, 1879)

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Oil on canvas
Signed with monogram and dated 1879 at the upper left; inscribed in Rossetti's handwriting on a label on the back of the frame: 'Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare'. Dante Vita Nuova.

Dimensions

34.30cm high
28.00cm wide
(13.50 inches high)
(11.02 inches wide)
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Provenance

The artist
Rossetti's studio sale, Christie's, 12 May 1883, lot 104, described as 'Head of a Lady 1879' - clipping attached (bought by Butler through C.A.Howell for £40);

Literature

Marillier, H.C., Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Illustrated Memorial of his Art and Life, 1899, no. 250 (dated incorrectly)
Masterpieces of Rossetti, 1923, page 47
Pedrick, Gale, Life with Rossetti, 1964, page 195
Surtees, Virginia, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1971, vol. I, catalogue no. 256, page 152

Description / Expertise

This is a portrait of Jane Morris in the guise of Dante’s Beatrice. It is a variation of the half-length seated portrait of her in the role of Mariana, which he painted in 1870, and which is now in Aberdeen Art Gallery.