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Dante Gabriel Rossetti letter to Ellen Heaton, 1868 January 9

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 68.4
Call Number: MSS 47

Scope and Contents

Rossetti tells Heaton that it is "against [his] interests" to exhibit his work at present, unless it is work "of great importance." "I hold a fortunate position at present in possessing a market unassailable by incompetence, ill-will, or to put it in its mildest and frequently true form, by mere diversity of taste. You will greatly oblige me therefore by declining to send anything of mine; and indeed I have lately made the stipulation, when parting with works, that they are not to be exhibited without my consent." The paper has been trimmed on the third and fourth pages, with partial loss of content. Rossetti is apparently asking Heaton if she could loan him one of his works commissioned by her -- perhaps Dante's dream -- to help him in working on a new piece. Rossetti offers to produce a sketch for Heaton in exchange for the loan.


  • 1868 January 9


Physical Description

1 folded sheet (4 pages) : autograph letter ; 18 x 21 cm, folded to 18 x 11 cm

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


With envelope. Letterhead: 16 Cheyne Walk.

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