The Rossetti Family
- Extended Catalogue Entry
The Rossetti Family
by Lewis Carroll
albumen print, 7 October 1863
6 7/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (175 mm x 222 mm)
Given by Helen Macgregor, 1978
Sittersback to top
- Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), Poet. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Painter and poet. Sitter in 29 portraits, Artist associated with 22 portraits.
- Frances Mary Lavinia Rossetti (née Polidori) (1800-1886), Mother of Dante Gabriel, William Michael and Christina Rossetti. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), Critic and writer. Sitter in 9 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832-1898), Photographer and author of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Artist associated with 60 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This famous photograph is one of a series taken of the Rossetti family by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, in the garden of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's house in Cheyne Walk on 7 October 1863. Although best remembered as an artist, Dante Gabriel (standing on the left of the group) was also a significant, if controversial, poet. Seated next to him is his sister, Christina, one of the greatest women poets of the Victorian period, and standing on the right beside their mother Frances, is William Michael Rossetti, a distinguished literary critic and historian.
Given by Miss Helen Macgregor, 1978.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Funnell, Peter (introduction); Marsh, Jan, A Guide to Victorian and Edwardian Portraits, 2011, p. 12
- Marsh, Jan, The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2013, p. 9
- Marsh, Jan, Insights: The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2005, p. 10
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 732
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 147
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (garden, Tudor House, 16 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London)
Events of 1863back to top
Current affairsThe opening of the world's first underground railway, with the Metropolitan Railway running trains between Bishop's Street, Padington and Farringdon. Work had begun in 1860, using the 'cut-and-cover' method of construction. The Metropolitan line inspired the construction of other underground railways - the Parisian 'Metro' took its name from the line.
The Football Association is founded.
Art and scienceJulia Margaret Cameron takes up photography, taking portraits of some of the most celebrated figures of the day, with her romantic style capturing the sense of nostalgia and longing that characterised the age.
Kingsley's Water Babies; A Fairy Tale for Children is published, the hugely popular tale of drowned chimney sweep Tom's moral education in the river world of the water babies. It inspired the 1978 film starring James Mason.
InternationalAt an international conference, the Geneva Public Welfare Society calls on the sixteen nations present to form voluntary units to help the wartime wounded. The society, comprised of five Swiss citizens and led by Henri Dunant, who had been deeply affected by the casualties he had witnessed at the Battle of Solferino, became the National Red Cross Societies, adopting the emblem of a red cross on white background.
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