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William Michael Rossetti

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William Michael Rossetti, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1853 - NPG 5428 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Michael Rossetti

by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
pencil and wash, 1853
11 1/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (282 mm x 210 mm)
Purchased, 1981
Primary Collection
NPG 5428


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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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Dante Gabriel's brother, and a civil servant from 1845, William Michael was a founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He had virtually no leanings towards painting but instead acted as Secretary to the P.R.B. and as editor of its short-lived journal, The Germ. In later years he established himself as a leading literary critic and acted as a stabilising influence on his brother's increasingly erratic lifestyle.

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