Christina Georgina Rossetti (British, 1830-1894)
graphite, Sheet: 17.9 x 12.8 cm (7 x 5 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2010.462
The youngest of four children in the artistic Rossetti family, Christina Rossetti lived on the periphery of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, occasionally modeling for her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and submitting her poetry to the brotherhoodâ€™s journal, The Germ. Before achieving acclaim as a poet with works such as Goblin Market and Monna Innominata, she briefly considered pursuing a career as an artist. This portrait of her brother William is one of her few surviving drawings. In the spare profile, the figureâ€™s eyes are downcast, as though reading or in private reverie, perhaps in reference to Williamâ€™s work as a man of letters.
Lemonedes, Heather. British Drawings: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Published on the occasion of the exhibition "British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art" shown 10 Feb to 26 May 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. London: D Giles Limited, 2013. Cat 33, pg 98-9.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (02/10/2013 - 05/26/2013); "British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art"
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