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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, circa 1875-1880 - NPG 3048 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
pencil, circa 1875-1880
3 3/4 in. x 3 in. (95 mm x 76 mm)
Given by Robert R. Steele, 1939
Primary Collection
NPG 3048


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  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Painter and poet. Sitter in 29 portraits, Artist associated with 22 portraits.

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  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Painter and poet. Artist associated with 22 portraits, Sitter in 29 portraits.

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Jane Morris cared for Rossetti following his breakdown in 1872, but afterwards stopped seeing him, while continuing to correspond. Owing to drugs to combat agitation and insomnia, he grew stout and lethargic. This comic self-image was probably drawn to amuse Jane, who often deplored his gloomy lamentations. 'I will come Tuesday' she wrote on one occasion, 'though you did write me such a nasty letter'.

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