Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
pencil and white chalk on paper, 1847
8 1/8 in. x 6 5/8 in. (207 mm x 168 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Painter and poet. Sitter in 29 portraits, Artist associated with 22 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Painter and poet. Artist associated with 22 portraits, Sitter in 29 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Rossetti was eighteen, and a student at the Royal Academy, when he drew this self-portrait. It captures the rebellious and highly romantic self-image which he projected at this time.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Marsh, Jan, Character Sketches: The Pre-Raphaelites, 1998
- Marsh, Jan, The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2013, p. 24 Read entry
This image captures Rosetti's youthful personality as an ambitious dreamer, with 'an abundance of ideas, pictorial and literary,' as his brother wrote, and a fixed antipathy to the modern world.
- Marsh, Jan, Insights: The Pre-Raphaelite Circle, 2005, p. 24
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 534
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 216
Events of 1847back to top
Current affairsThe 10 Hours Factory Act passed, regulating working hours for women and children under the age of eighteen to a maximum of ten hours a day.
The Communist League is founded in London, and drew up a set of rules and aims, including overthrowing the bourgeoisie and empowering the Proleteriat, and ending class division, forming the basis of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto (1848).}
Death and emigration resulting from starvation, plague and disease during worst year of the Great Famine in Ireland, known as Black 47.
Art and scienceA good year for novels: Emily Bronte's passionate, rebellious and gothic Wuthering Heightsis published, followed shortly by her sister Charlotte's 'Jane Eyre, a story of a governess's struggle for liberty from social and gender constrictions. Drawing on a similar vein of revolution and rebellious women, William Thackeray's satirical novel Vanity Fair is serialised.
The Don Pacifico affair sparks an international incident, when the Jewish trader's business was burned in an anti-semitic attack in Athens. When the Greek government refused to compensate him, Gibraltar-born Pacifico appealed to the British government. Foreign Minister Palmerston sent a squadron into the Aegean in 1850 to seize goods of the equivalent value, leading to strained relations with Turkey and Russia, and heated debates in Parliament.