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Dante Gabriel Rossetti letter to Ellen Heaton, 1863 October 25

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 63.95
Call Number: MSS 47

Scope and Contents

Rossetti expresses his happiness that Heaton's "charming class of critics" like his work and says he is happy to show any of them his studio. Rossetti says he has heard from Ruskin, who is en route to England. Rossetti is making two Dante drawings for Lady Ashburton, jointly titled The salutation of Beatrice, which are similarly composed to works Rossetti showed Heaton in oil. These works are in watercolor. Rossetti describes a piece he is currently working on as depicting "a lady plaiting her golden hair" in oil (Fazio's mistress). (Here, a piece of the letter measuring 2 cm x 11.3 cm is cut away.) Rossetti asks Heaton for the Dante's Dream and requests that she send it alongside the St George for alteration. Rossetti compares Heaton's St John to Lady Trevelyan's, saying Heaton's is "more forcible" and Trevelyan's "the more finished."


  • 1863 October 25


Physical Description

1 folded sheet (4 pages) : autograph letter signed ; 19 x 23 cm, folded to 19 x 12 cm

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


With envelope. Letter has rectangle measuring 2 x 3.5 cm cut out between the date and salutation -- presumably Rossetti's crest and monograph. Also cut away is a piece measuring 2 x 11.3 cm, for the signature.

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