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Title:

Bruna Brunelleschi

Maker:

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel; draughtsman; British artist, 1828-1882

Category:

drawing

Name:

drawing

Date:

1878

School/Style:

British

Technique:

watercolour

Material(s):

bodycolour; medium
paper; support

Technique
Description:

bodycolour on paper

Dimension(s):

height, 339, mm
width, 311, mm

Acquisition:

given; 1946-03; Madan, Francis Falconer

Provenance:

L.P. Valpy; transferred back to the artist at his own request; C.W. Mills; bought F.F. Madan (£85.0.0)

Notes:

Presumably a study for the oil portrait of Mrs Morris (Surtees no. 372), begun in 1878. The head and shoulders of Mrs. Morris. Rossetti wrote concerning this work: "27 Feb 1878. I have finished an old watercolour for the head of your portrait and it comes well - it is for Valpy. I did not want it to be talked about, among strangers by your name so have christened it "Bruna Brunelleschi" of course bearing on the dark complexion. I did think of calling it "Vittora Colonna" who I find was certainly the original of those heads by M.A. which are portraits of you but I thought it would not do to tackle Mike" (from 'Unpublished Letters to Jane Morris', British Museum).

Inscription(s):

; upper left corner; Bruna Brunelleschi
signature; upper right corner; DGR; monogram
date; upper right corner; 1878
; backing; MS label; Bruna Brunalleschi painted in watercolours by Dante G. Rossetti
; backing; MS label; Nicholson and Venn for Manchester Royal Jubilee Exhibition 1887

Alternative
Number:

Surtees; 251

Exhibition(s):

Brune/Blonde. 2010-10-06 - 2011-01-16
Organiser: Cinematheque Francaise, Paris, France
Venue: Cinematheque Francaise, Paris

Accession:

Object Number: 2759
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 13399; input: 2000-09-28; modified: 2018-07-05)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/13399





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