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William Michael Rossetti

(1829-1919), Critic and writer

Sitter in 9 portraits
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 acted as Secretary to the PRB and 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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William Michael Rossetti, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti - NPG 5428

William Michael Rossetti

by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
pencil and wash, 1853
NPG 5428

William Michael Rossetti, by Henrietta Rintoul - NPG P1273(26f)

William Michael Rossetti

by Henrietta Rintoul
albumen print, circa 1855
NPG P1273(26f)

William Michael Rossetti, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG P126

William Michael Rossetti

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 19 July 1865
NPG P126

William Michael Rossetti, by William Rothenstein - NPG 2485

William Michael Rossetti

by William Rothenstein
oil on canvas, circa 1909
NPG 2485

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William Michael Rossetti; Mary Elizabeth Madox Rossetti

by James Russell & Sons
albumen cabinet card, circa 1907
NPG x8022

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