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Il Ramoscello

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British (London, England 1828 - 1882 Birchington-on-Sea, England)
Il Ramoscello, 1865
Original Language Title: Bella e Buona / Il Ramoscello (Bella e Buona)
Painting
British
,
19th century
Oil on canvas
47.6 x 39.4 cm (18 3/4 x 15 1/2 in.)
framed: 68.6 x 59.4 x 8.3 cm (27 x 23 3/8 x 3 1/4 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
, 1943.201
Department of Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
,
Marks
signed: u.l.: DGR [in monogram] 1865
exhibition label: back, paper, ink
gallery label: back, paper, black ink, printed
inscription: strainer, paint: Il Ramoscello / [something painted out] / painted by D.G. Rossetti 1865
label: back, paper, ink, typewritten: Il Ramoscello, formerly called Bella e' Buono / Painted by D. G. Rossetti / Signed with initials and dated 1865 / Formerly in the collection of William Graham, Esq. / Exhibited: Royal Academy Exhibition of Old Masters, 1883, by William / Graham. / Recorded: Bryan's Dictionary of Painters (1902) / "Rossetti," by F. M. Hueffner, p. 148-- / "In a rapid survey of the more important works up to, say, the end of 1871, mention should be made of the Sibylla Palmifera of / 1864, a not altogether successful allegoric composition; of the ex- / tremely fine Washing Hands, a water-color of a lady and a man in eighteenth-century costume, one of Rossetti's most powerful designs; / of a very charming oil picture Il Ramoscello, called also Fair and / Good, painted in 1865 and retouched in 1873."
Provenance
William Graham, by 1872 (£350); his sale, Christie’s, London, April 3, 1886, no. 111 (£378); purchased at that sale by Major Vipan; his widow, Mrs. Vipan; her sale, Christie’s, London, March 13, 1925, no. 155 (£378); Scott & Fowles, New York; acquired from them by Grenville L. Winthrop, January 22, 1926 ($3,500); his bequest to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Bibliography
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Frederic George Stephens, ""The Earlier Works of Rossetti" (2 parts)", Portfolio, Portfolio (London, England, 1883), pt. 1, pp. 87, 89

William M. Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti as Designer and Writer, Cassell & and Company, Ltd. (London, New York, 1889), p. 71

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, His Family Letters, ed. William M. Rossetti Roberts Brothers (Boston, MA, 1895), vol. I, p. 243

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Frances Horner, Time Remembered, William Heinemann, Ltd. (London, England, 1933), pp. 8-9

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 69

Virginia Surtees, The Paintings and Drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882): A Catalogue Raisonné, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1971), no. 181, repr. as pl. 261

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Theresa Byington, "A Technical Study of Five Oil Paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum", (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 1987), Unpublished, passim

Susan P. Casteras, "“Rossetti's Embowered Females in Art, or Love Enthroned and The Lamp's Shrine.”", Nineteenth Century Studies (1988), vol. II, repr. b/w fig. 14, p. 44 and journal cover; text p. 40

Alicia Craig Faxon, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1989), repr. in color p. 157

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 74, color plate; pp. 128, 156, repr. b/w cat. no. 62

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Chikashi Kitazaki, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., ed. Chikashi Kitazaki National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, Japan, 2002), pp. 208-209, cat. #64, color repr.

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Christopher Riopelle, Harvard's Winthrop Collection: Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, exh. cat., National Gallery Company Limited (London, 2003), p. 19, cat. 6, ill.

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Exhibition History
Winter Exhibition: Works by the Old Masters and by Deceased Masters of the British School, Including a Special Selection from the Works of John Linnell and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 01/01/1883 - 02/28/1883, no. 310
Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/1946 - 06/01/1946, no. 69
Pre-Raphaelite and Early French Symbolist Art in the Fogg Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/16/1973 - 02/25/1973
The Pre-Raphaelites: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/04/1980 - 07/15/1980
Paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Technical Study, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/24/1987 - 09/18/1987
A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003, 184
Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 09/14/2002 - 12/08/2002, no. 63
A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003, 184; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004, 184
For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004 -