Study of a Girl with Two Figures in the Background

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

Study of a Girl with Two Figures in the Background (United Kingdom, c.1840)

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Sepia ink on paper


21.00cm high
9.50cm wide
(8.27 inches high)
(3.74 inches wide)
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Oliver Rossetti, the artist's great nephew


Virginia Surtees, The Paintings and Drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti ( 1822-1882).A Catalogue Raisonne ( Oxford University Press, Oxford 1971).Catalogue number 613, page 213

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This drawing is dated by Surtees to circa 1840, although it may have been made a few years later. It is a good example of Rossetti's bold use of pen at this date and also of his sharp observation of people. The two children in the background appear to have been copied from a 17th century Dutch painting, but the foreground girl, with her low-shouldered early-Victorian bodice was probably drawn from life, perhaps from Maria or Christina, the artist's sisters, who were born in 1827 and 1830 respectively.