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Portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1848

Hunt, William Holman (draughtsman)

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Portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1848


Hunt, William Holman (draughtsman) [ULAN info: British artist, 1827-1910]







Technique Description

pen and sepia ink on paper


height: 225 mm
width: 182 mm




given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1970 (Filtered for: Paintings, Drawings and Prints)

D.G. Rossetti; Alexander Munro; Arthur Hughes; W. Holman Hunt; by descent to Edith Holman Hunt, 1910; D'Offay Couper Gallery, 1970


The drawing is illustrated in Holman Hunt's 'Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood', London, 1905, Vol II, pp. 447-498, and is explained by the following account, "... it was in fact a hasty scribble done by me when I, with pen in hand, sat on the opposite side of the table to my companion, and the unconsidered trifle was given by Gabriel to Alexander Monro, who afterwards presented it to Arthur Hughes." It was published again by Diana Holman Hunt, 'My Grandfather, his Wives and Loves', as whereabouts unknown, and reproduced, facing p. 64, from the second edition of 'Pre-Raphaelitism', with a footnote added by Edith Holman Hunt, "This portrait of D.G. Rossetti, attributed to his pen by F.G. Stephens in his memoir of Rossetti in the 'Portfolio', was a hasty scribble made by Holman Hunt in the Cleveland Street studio, (where Rossetti and Holman Hunt temporarily shared a studio in the summer (?) of 1848 (see 'Pre-Raphaelitism)) and the unconsidered trifle was given by Rossetti to A. Munro, who gave it to Arthur Hughes, who gave it to William Holman Hunt."


sepia (medium)
paper (support)

Accession Number

PD.24-1970 (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(Reference Number: 11567; Input Date: 2000-09-01 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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