Portrait of William Michael Rossetti

Portrait of William Michael Rossetti

c. 1853

Christina Georgina Rossetti

(British, 1830-1894)

Graphite

Support: Wove paper

Sheet: 17.9 x 12.8 cm (7 1/16 x 5 1/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2010.462

Description

The youngest of four children in the artistic Rossetti family, Christina Rossetti lived on the periphery of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, occasionally modeling for her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and submitting her poetry to the brotherhood’s journal, The Germ. Before achieving acclaim as a poet with works such as Goblin Market and Monna Innominata, she briefly considered pursuing a career as an artist. This portrait of her brother William is one of her few surviving drawings. In the spare profile, the figure’s eyes are downcast, as though reading or in private reverie, perhaps in reference to William’s work as a man of letters.

See also
Collection: 
DR - British
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Graphite

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