Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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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
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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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- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 534
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Current affairsSamuel Plimsoll, a back-bench Liberal MP, campaigns for measures to prevent the practice of overloading unseaworthy vessels and claiming insurance. The Plimsoll Line is established; a line drawn on ships, it denotes the maximum legal load a cargo ship is allowed to carry.
The Public Health Act, the work of Richard A. Cross, sets down in detail the responsibilities of local authorities in terms of public health.
Art and scienceAnthony Trollope's masterpiece The Way We Live Now is published after serialisation. Containing over 100 chapters, the complex plot, following the fortunes of sham financier Augustus Melmotte, tackles the commercial, political and moral hypocrisy of the age.
InternationalDisraeli purchases nearly half the total shares in the Suez Canal Company from the bankrupt Egyptian Khedive, Ismail Pasha, securing a controlling interest in the trading route. Since Parliament was not in session at the time, Disraeli borrowed £4 million from the banking family Rothschilds, attracting much criticism from Parliamentary opponents, although he won popularity from the Queen and the public.
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