The Blessed Damozel
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.202
People
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British (London, England 1828 - 1882 Birchington-on-Sea, England)
Title
The Blessed Damozel
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1871-1878
Culture
British
Location
Level 2, Room 2130, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
136.8 x 96.5 cm (53 7/8 x 38 in.)
predella: 35.2 x 96.2 cm (13 7/8 x 37 7/8 in.)
framed: 212.1 x 133 x 8.9 cm (83 1/2 x 52 3/8 x 3 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • exhibition label: back of frame, paper: [ ] Art [ ] / Nottingham Castle / Lent By: Mackenzie / London / -- / 99
  • exhibition label: back of frame, paper: Exhibition of the Works of the Old [Masters] / D. G. Rossetti / The Blessed Damozel / W. Graham Esq. / 35 Grosvenor Place
  • exhibition label: back of frame, paper: Exchange Art Gallery / 14 Exchange Street / Dale Street / London / Old Bond Street Galleries / Piccadilly
Provenance
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Painted on commission, 1871, to Graham, 1878.
William Graham, Commissioned from artist, 1878, Sold, 1885. Sold before Graham's death in 1885; the work does not appear in the listing of his estate sale in 1886.
James Dyson Perrins, Bought from Graham?, by descent to son Charles William Dyson Perrins. See letter from Oliver Garnett dated 4/27/96 in curatorial file
Mrs. Dyson Perrins, From her husband, James, 1887, To her son, Charles. Listed as owner in 1887 exhibition catalogue.
Charles William Dyson Perrins, from his father James Dyson Perrins, Sold to Winthrop through Martin Birnbaum, 1934.
Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Purchased from Dyson Perrins through Birnbaum, 1934, Bequest to Fogg Art Museum, 1943. Winthrop paid £630.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.202
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Magdalena Kilian, "Dante Gabriel Rossetti - 'weilki Wloch dreczony w piekle Londynu', Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae: Studia de Arte et Educatione VII, 124, pp. 56-62, p. 61; repr. in color between p. 62 and p. 63

William Sharp, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Macmillan and Co. (London, England, 1882), pp. 117, 202, 244, 248-253; no. 274 in chronology

William M. Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti as Designer and Writer, Cassell & Company, Ltd. (London, New York, 1889), chronology, no. 323

Ulisse Ortensi, "I Artisti Contemporanei: Dante Gabriele Rossetti", Emporium, Istituto italiano d'arti grafiche (Bergamo, Italy, 1896), vol. IV, pp. 10, 13; repr. facing p. 3

Fitz Roy Carrington, Pictures and Poems by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (New York, NY, 1899), frontispiece

Henry Currie Marillier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Illustrated Memorial of His Art and Life (London, 1899), pp. 175, 180, chronology, no. 27

Elisabeth Luther Cary, The Rossettis: Dante Gabriel and Christina, G. P. Putnam's Sons (London, England, 1900), p. 194; no. 178 in chronology, p. 295

Henry Currie Marillier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, an illustrated memorial of his art and life, George Bell and Sons, Ltd. (London, England, 1904), pp. 72, 124, 127, 132-134; no. 353 in chronology

Henry Currie Marillier, Rossetti, George Bell and Sons, Ltd. (London, England, 1906), pp. 90, 92-93

Robert Ross, "Art in America. Rossetti: An Observation", The Burlington Magazine (1908), vol. XIII, p. 123

Ernest Radford, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, G. Newnes Ltd. (London, England, 1908), pl. 47

Gabriel Mourey, D. -G. Rossetti et les Preraphaelites anglais, H. Laurens (Paris, France, 1909), pp. 40, 69

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 83

Hazelton Spencer, ed., British Literature vol. II: From Blake to the Present Day, D. C. Heath and Co. (Boston, MA, 1952)

Martin Birnbaum, The Last Romantic (New York, NY, 1960), pp. 208-209

Oswald Doughty, ed., Letters of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Oxford, England, 1965-1967), p. 1371

Jerome H. Buckley, ed., The Pre-Raphaelites, Random House (New York, NY, 1968), repr. b/w, p. 7

Gordon H. Fleming, That Ne'er Shall Meet Again, Michael Joseph, Ltd. (London, England, 1971), ill. opp. p. 140

Virginia Surtees, The Paintings and Drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882): A Catalogue Raisonné, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1971), no. 244, repr. as pl. 355

Marina Henderson, D. G. Rossetti, Academy Editions/St. Martin's Press (London, England and New York, NY, 1973), p. 65, poem p. 64

Helmut Kreuzer and Gunnar Brandell, Jahrhundertende, Jahrhundertwende, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft Athenaion (Wiesbaden, Germany, 1976), p. 381, repr. b/w and text

John Bryson and Janet Camp Troxell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Jane Morris, Their Correspondence, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1976), repr. in b/w, no. 25, p. 51

Frances Spalding, Magnificent Dreams: Burne-Jones and the Late Victorians, Phaidon Press (Oxford, England, 1978), p. 50, repr. in color, pl. 38, p. 51

Julian Treuherz, Pre-Raphaelite Paintings from the Manchester City Art Gallery, Lund Humphries (London, 1980), p. 107; repr. p. 109 as fig. xiii

Christopher Wood, The Pre-Raphaelites, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London, England, 1981), repr. in color, p. 103

Pauline Fletcher, Gardens and Grim Ravines: the Language of Landscape in Victorian Poetry, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ, 1983), repr. b/w pl. 12

Wolfgang Kemp, Der Anteil des Betrachters, Maander Verlag (Munich, Germany, 1983), repr. in b/w, fig. 21

Maria Teresa Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Casa Editrice G. C. Sansoni (Florence, Italy, 1984), no. 464, pp. 318-319, color plate XXIII

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), no. 213, p. 187, repr.

Harold Bloom, ed., Pre-Raphaelite Poets: Modern Critical Views, Chelsea House Publishers (New York, NY, 1986), repr. in b/w on frontispiece

Edvige Schulte, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: vita, arte, poesia, Liguori Editore (Naples, Italy, 1986), repr. in b/w, fig. 45

Elaine Shefer, "A Rossetti Portrait: Variation on a Theme", Arts in Virginia (Richmond, VA, 1987), vol. 27, nos. 1-3 combined, repr. fig. 5, p. 9 and text

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

The World of Art Nouveau, vol. 4: Beardsley and London, The Shinshusah Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan, 1987), repr. in color, p. 56

Colleen McDannell and Bernhard Lang, Heaven: a History, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT and London, England, 1988), repr. in b/w p. 254, fig. 50

Alicia Craig Faxon, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1989), p. 208, repr. in color; detail in color; pp. 198, 209

Spirit Summonings, Time-Life Books, Inc. (Alexandria, VA, 1989), repr. in color, p. 97

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 128, repr. as no. 70

John McManus, ed., The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity, Oxford University Press (NY) and Oxford University Press (UK) (Oxford, England, 1990), repr. in b/w p. 7

Michael Wheeler, Death and the Future Life in Victorian Literature and Theology, Cambridge University Press (U.K.) (Cambridge, England, 1990), repr. in b/w pl. 11

Gene Edward Veith, Jr., State of the Arts: from Bezalel to Mapplethorpe, Crossway Books (Wheaton, IL, 1991), repr. in b/w, fig. 4.9, p. 74

Tanita Hiroyuki, ed., Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan, 1992), repr. in color p. 77

Julian Treuherz, Pre-Raphaelite Paintings from Manchester City Art Galleries, Manchester City Art Gallery (Manchester, England, 1993), p. 94, repr. as fig. xiii

Hiroko Takahashi and Tatsushi Takahashi, The Victorian Kaleidoscope, Shinkosha (Tokyo, Japan, 1993), ill. p. 263

Jutta Stroter-Bender Dumont, Liebesgottinnen, DuMont Buchverlag (Cologne, Germany, 1994), repr. in color, pl. 11; text p. 82

David Rodgers, Rossetti, Phaidon Press Limited (London, England, 1996), pp. 45-6

James Cuno, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, Harvard University Art Museums/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), p. 188, ill. p. 189

Oliver Garnett, "The Letters and Collection of William Graham: Pre-Raphaelite Patron and Pre-Raphaelite Collector", The Sixty-Second Volume of the Walpole Society, The Walpole Society (Leeds, 2000), pp. 145-343, pp. 199-203, 208, 211-12, 215, 226-239, 241-42, 245-46, 283, repr. as fig. 97

Jerome McGann, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the game that must be lost, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2000), repr. in color (n.p.)

Vanessa Muller, How Botticellian! (Munster, 2000), pp. 31, 94-97; repr. in color as Abb. 10

M. H. Abrams, ed., The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Victorian Age, W. W. Norton & Company (New York and London, 2000), repr. in b/w p. 1575

Chikashi Kitazaki, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, Japan, 2002), pp. 130-131, cat. #31, color repr.

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 188, pp. 432-434, repr. in color

Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2003), p. 307

Lisa Tickner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Tate (London, 2003), pp. 65-66, repr. p. 64

Julian Treuherz and Elizabeth Prettejohn, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, exh. cat., Thames & Hudson (London, 2003), pp. 100, 114, repr. in color as fig. 69

Bethany McIntyre, Victorian Visions, exh. cat., International Arts and Artists (Washington, DC, 2003), repr. p. 39 as no. 14

Laurence Brogniez, Préraphaélisme et Symbolisme: Peinture littéraire et image poétique, Honoré Champion Éditeur (Paris, France, 2003), repr. in b/w, no. 7, pp. 95,105,106,122,123,275,294,322

Debra N. Mancoff, Flora Symbolica: Flowers in Pre-Raphaelite Art, Prestel (London and Munich, 2003), pp. 36-37, repr. in color

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), no. 188, pp. 419-420, repr. in color

Reina Lewis, Rethinking Orientalism: Women, Travel, and the Ottoman Harem, I. B. Tauris (London, England, 2004), pp. 151-156, repr. as fig. 1

Mark DeVoto, Debussy and the Veil of Tonality, Pendragon Press (Hillsdale NY, 2004), pp. 68-70, repr. in b/w

Robert Dupin, "La Collection Winthrop", Universalia, Encyclopaedia Universalis (Paris, France, 2004), pp. 343-344, p. 344

Professor Nobuyuki Senzoku, How to Look at Fantastic Arts, Tokyo-Bijutsu Inc. (Tokyo, Japan, 2004), pp. 30-31, repr. in color

Richard Wendorf, After Sir Joshua: Essays on British Art and Cultural History, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2005), pp. 86, 91, 100-4; repr. in color p. 87 as fig. 24; det. repr. p. 104 as fig. 28

Laurence Roussillon-Constanty, Meduse Au Miroir: Esthetique Romantique de Dante Gabriel Rossetti, ELLUG, Universite Stendhal (Grenoble, France, 2008), pp. 65, 69-71, 73, 75, 109, 147, 165, 195, 271; repr. in color p. 8

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 161, repr.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Poems for the Millenium, ed. Jerome Rothenberg and Jeffrey C. Robinson (Berkeley, 2009), pp. 624-629, repr. on p. 625

Masaie Matsumura, Japan and Victorian England: Interactions, Osaka Kyoiku Tosho (Osaka, Japan, 2012), repr. p. 89

The Poetic World of the Pre-Raphaelites: New Translations, Tsentr knigi Rudomino (Moscow, 2013), repr. in color, pp. 95-96

Poetry and the Frame: Rossetti's The Blessed Damozel and its Altarpiece Setting, website, accessed June 7, 2013

Lee Sheridan, "'French Symbolist Art' Timely Museum Exhibit", Springfield Daily News (February 1973)

Ann Philips, "When Women Were 'Blessed Damsels'", Cambridge Chronicle (January 25 1973)

Carol le Brun Danikian, "Early French Symbolists", Boston Herald American (January 28 1973)

Helene E. Roberts, "The Dream World of Dante Gabriel Rossetti", Victorian Studies (June 1974), vol. XVII, no. 4, no. 4, repr. b/w, plate 3, p. 382

Denys Sutton, "The Pursuit of Beauty", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 446-452, p. 448, fig. 7

Walter A. Compton, "Dante Gabriel Rossetti: the Blessed Damozel", Unpublished (n.d.)

Important British & Irish Art, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, England, November 23 2005), pp. 88-89

Exhibition History

Unidentified Exhibition, Nottingham Castle Museum, 1879, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham, 07/01/1879 - 07/30/1879

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

Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, 05/01/1887 - 10/31/1887

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/1946 - 06/01/1946

Pre-Raphaelite and Early French Symbolist Art in the Fogg Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/16/1973 - 02/25/1973

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

The Pre-Raphaelites: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/04/1980 - 07/15/1980

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Centennial Exhibition from the Harvard Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 07/12/1982 - 09/11/1982

Paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Technical Study, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/24/1987 - 09/18/1987

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

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; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

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

Re-View: S426A (Large Niche) #2: The Past and the Present: British Art of the 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/26/2010 - 01/08/2011

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