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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.490
People
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British (London, England 1828 - 1882 Birchington-on-Sea, England)
Frame by M. Grieve Co.
Title
A Christmas Carol
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1857-1858
Culture
British
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Watercolor and gouache on cream wove paper mounted on another sheet of paper, mounted on linen and stretched on a stretcher
Dimensions
34.3 x 29.7 cm (13 1/2 x 11 11/16 in.)
frame: 50.6 x 45.7 x 6.3 cm (19 15/16 x 18 x 2 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: gouache, u.l.: DGR [monogram] Xmas / 1857-8
  • inscription: back of frame, incised: M. GRIEVE CO. / HAND CARVED / NEW YORK & LONDON
Provenance
Sold by the artist; to James Leathart, Brackendene, Gateshead-on-Tyne, 1859 (£63); purchased from his estate by Charles Fairfax Murray, 1897; acquired from him by Grenville L. Winthrop, July 1913 (£1,000); his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Surtees 98
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.490
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

William Sharp, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Macmillan and Co. (London, England, 1882), pp. 122, 152, chronology, no. 61

William M. Rossetti, "A Pre-Raphaelite Collection", Art Journal (London, May 1896), n.s., 58, p. 132

Henry Currie Marillier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Illustrated Memorial of His Art and Life, George Bell & Sons (London, 1899), pp. 50, 82-83, 145, no. 76, repr. opp. p. 84

Elisabeth Luther Cary, The Rossettis: Dante Gabriel and Christina, G. P. Putnam's Sons (London, England, 1900), chronology, no. 49

Helen M. Rossetti, "The Life and Work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti", Art Journal (London, 1902), Easter Annual, pg. 21, frontispiece

Arthur Symons, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Librairie artistique littéraire (Paris, 1910), repr. facing pg. 28

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 65, repr.

Mary Bennett, "A Check-List of Pre-Raphaelite Pictures Exhibited at Liverpool, 1846-1847" (November 1963), pp. 491-92, fig. 28

Allen Staley, "The Condition of Music", Art News Annual (1967), 33, repr. pg. 85

Jerome H. Buckley, ed., The Pre-Raphaelites, Random House (New York, NY, 1968), repr. pg. 338

David Sonstroem, Rossetti and the Fair Lady, Wesleyan University Press (Middletown, CT, 1970), pg. 161, repr. pg. 70

Virginia Surtees, The Paintings and Drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882): A Catalogue Raisonné, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1971), no. 98, pl. 134

Marina Henderson, D. G. Rossetti, Academy Editions/St. Martin's Press (London, England and New York, NY, 1973), repr. pg. 47

John Nicoll, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Studio Vista (London, 1975), pg. 113, pl. 68

George Price Boyce, The Diaries of George Price Boyce, ed. Virginia Surtees, Real World (Norfolk, 1980), pg. 22

Judith A. Neiswander, "Imaginative Beauty and Decorative Delight: Two American Collections of the Pre-Raphaelites", Apollo (March 1984), vol. CXIX, no. 265, fig. 11, p. 203

Maria Teresa Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Casa Editrice G. C. Sansoni (Florence, Italy, 1984), no. 115, repr. p. 206

Alicia Craig Faxon, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1989), pl. 129

Tanita Hiroyuki, ed., Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan, 1992), repr. pg. 41

Kirsten Hoving Powell, "Object, Symbol, and Metaphor: Rossetti's Musical Imagery", Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies (Spring 1993), n.s., 2, pp. 16-29, pp. 16, 17, 18

Lucy Oakley, Unfaded Pageant: Edwin Austin Abbey's Shakespearean Subjects, exh. cat., Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University (New York, 1994), pg. 52, fig. 50

David Rodgers, Rossetti, Phaidon Press Limited (London, England, 1996), pp. 58-59, repr. pg. 59

Maria Teresa Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Charta (Milan, 1998), no. 115, repr. p. 206

Eriko Yamaguchi, "Rossetti's Use of Bonnard's 'Costumes Historiques': A Further Examination, The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies (Fall 2000), vol. 9, p. 17 (R29)

Chikashi Kitazaki and Mina Oya, 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, 2002), cat. no. 10, repr. (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 (U.S.) (New York, 2003), cat. no. 182, 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. 182, repr.

Henry Johnson, "Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Japan: The Musical Instrument Depicted in 'The Blue Bower' and 'A Sea-Spell'", Music in Art (Spring-Fall 2005), vol. XXX, no. 1-2, pp. 145-153, p. 145

Percy Dearmer, The Folio Book of Carols, Folio Society (London, 2007), repr., frontispiece

Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale, auct. cat., Sotheby's, London (London, December 4, 2013), under cat. no. 48, fig. 4

The Poetic World of the Pre-Raphaelites: New Translations, Tsentr knigi Rudomino (Moscow, 2013), repr. in color, pp. 237-238

Alastair Grieve, The Best Years of Rossetti's Art, 1846 to 1862, Real World (Norwich, 2017), pp. 409-412

Exhibition History

Exhibition, Liverpool Academy, Liverpool Academy, 01/01/1858 - 12/31/1858

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

Unidentified Exhibition, Leeds, Municipal Art Gallery, 1889, Municipal Art Gallery, Leeds, 01/01/1889 - 12/31/1889

The Water Colour Art of the 19th Century, The Fine Art Society, London, 01/01/1901 - 01/31/1901

Ruskin Exhibition, Manchester City Art Gallery, 04/01/1904 - 06/30/1904

Winter Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 09/01/1906 - 12/31/1906

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

The Age of Romanticism, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 03/15/1986 - 05/18/1986

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

32Q: 2130 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/17/2016 - 04/21/2017

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