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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British (London, England 1828 - 1882 Birchington-on-Sea, England)
Lucrezia Borgia
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor and gouache with heavy gum varnish on cream wove paper
actual: 64.2 x 39.2 cm (25 1/4 x 15 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r: monogram, 1871
Mrs. Tong, by 1878; William Coltart, by 1886; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Beausire, by 1902; his sale Christie's, London, April 13, 1934, no. 21 (£173 5s.); purchased at that sale by Barbizon House; Cecil French; acquired through Martin Birnbaum by Grenville L. Winthrop, 1938; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Surtees 124 R.1
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

A. G. Temple, "Collection of William Coltart Esq. of Woodleigh, Birkenhead", Art Journal (London, April 1896), pp. 99-100

Henry Currie Marillier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Illustrated Memorial of His Art and Life, George Bell & Sons (London, 1899), pp. 105, 106, under no. 240

Elisabeth Luther Cary, The Rossettis: Dante Gabriel and Christina, G. P. Putnam's Sons (London, England, 1900), chronology, no. 155

William M. Rossetti, ed., Rossetti Papers, 1862-1870, a compilation, Sands (London, 1903), pg. 301 (on reworking of first version)

Jarno Jessen, Rossetti, Velhagen und Klassing (Bielefeld and Leipzig, Germany, 1905), pg. 43, fig. 30

Ernest Radford, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Newnes' Art Library (London, 1908), pl. 40

Algernon Graves, Century of Loan Exhibitions, 1813-1912 (London, England, 1913 - 1915), vol. 3 (1914), pp. 1152, 1153, 1155

Vittorio Pica, L'arte mondiale a Roma nel 1911, Istituto Italiano d'Arti Grafiche (Bergamo, 1913), repr. pg. 303

Tate Gallery, Catalogue: British School, H. M. Stationery Office (London, 1924), pg. 269

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 78, repr.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Letters, ed. Oswald Doughty and John Robert Wahl, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, 1965-1967), vol. 3, repr facing p. 1112

Dictionnaire universel de l’art et des artistes . . . (3 vols.), F. Hazan (Paris, 1967-1968), vol. 3, repr. in article on Rossetti

Virginia Surtees, The Paintings and Drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882): A Catalogue Raisonné, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1971), no. 124 R.1

Marjorie B. Cohn, Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1977), pp. 60, 61, cat. no. 51 p. 107

Francis L. Fennell Jr., ed., The Rossetti-Leyland Letters: The Correspondence of an Artist and His Patron, Ohio University Press (Athens, Ohio, 1978), pp. 10, 11, 35 (Tate Britain version)

Maria Teresa Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Casa Editrice G. C. Sansoni (Florence, Italy, 1984), no. 377, repr. p. 292

Alicia Craig Faxon, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1989), pp. 151, 153, pl. 160

Christopher Finch, Nineteenth-Century Watercolors, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1991), pg. 215 (Tate Britain version, pl. 287)

Maria Teresa Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Charta (Milan, 1998), no. 377, repr. p. 292

Eriko Yamaguchi, "Rossetti's Use of Bonnard's 'Costumes Historiques': A Further Examination, The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies (Fall 2000), vol. 9, pg. 20

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 (U.S.) (New York, 2003), cat. no. 187, repr. (color)

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. 187, repr.

Kirsty Stonell Walker, Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth, Lulu Publishing (2006), p. 121

Kirsty Stonell Walker, Stunner: The Fall and Rise of Fanny Cornforth, 2nd Ed., CreateSpace.com (2011), p. 223

Margaret E. Bullock and David F. Martin, Austere Beauty: the Art of Z. Vanessa Helder, exh. cat., Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, 2013), pp. 58-59; repr. in color as fig. 2.2, p. 59

Exhibition History

Exhibition. Royal Institute, Manchester, Royal Institute, Manchester, 01/01/1878 - 01/01/1878

Grand Loan Exhibition of Pictures from Lancashire Collections, and Exhibition of the Liverpool Society of Painters in Water-Colours and Liver Sketching Club, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Liverpool, 01/01/1886 - 07/31/1886

Southport Centenary Exhibition, Municipal Gardens, Southport, 01/01/1892 - 12/31/1892

Pictures Ancient and Modern by Artists of the British and Continental Schools, including a Special Selection from the Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, New Gallery, London, 01/01/1897 - 12/31/1898

International Exhibition of Industry, Science, and Art, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, 01/01/1901 - 01/01/1901

Art and Industrial Exhibition, Wolverhampton, 01/01/1902 - 12/31/1902

International Fine Arts Exhibition: British Section, British Fine Art Palace, Rome, 04/01/1911 - 10/31/1911

Jubilee Autumn Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Liverpool, 01/01/1922 - 01/01/1922

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

Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/1977 - 06/22/1977

Portrait, Prospect and Poetry: British Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Bequest, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/11/1993 - 11/07/1993

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

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