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Portrait of Elizabeth Siddal Resting, Holding a Parasol

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Portrait of Elizabeth Siddal Resting, Holding a Parasol


Dante Gabriel Rossetti (British, 1828 - 1882)




about 1852–1855


Pen and brown ink with light brown and gray wash on ivory-finished paper

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10.5 × 10.2 cm (4 1/8 × 4 in.)

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Object Description

Dante Gabriel Rossetti sharply foreshortened Elizabeth Siddal's sleeping body, allowing her voluminous skirt to dominate the drawing's foreground while her torso and head, more faintly drawn, recede in the background. Siddal began sitting for Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood artists in 1849, when she was about fifteen. By 1852 she was working exclusively for painter-poet Rossetti and became his lover and his pupil. Rossetti made more than sixty intimate drawings of her in the 1850s, in which she usually appeared in some type of repose.


Herbert Pearson, British (England)


R.M. Franklin Esq., British (England)


Private Collection (England) [sold, Christie's, London, December 12, 1992, lot 78]


Nissman, Abromson Ltd. (Brookline, MA, USA), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1995.

Rossetti's Portraits of Elizabeth Siddal (March 5 to July 7, 1991)
  • The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, March 5 to April 28, 1991
  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (Birmingham), May 6 to July 7, 1991
Master Drawings: 16th-19th Century (January 7 to January 22, 1994)
  • Nissman, Abromson Ltd. (Brookline), January 7 to January 22, 1994
Portrait Drawings 1500-1900 (January 30 to May 12, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 30 to May 12, 1996
25 Years, 52 Drawings (January 20 to February 5, 2005)
  • Kate Ganz USA Ltd. (New York), January 20 to February 5, 2005
Luminous Paper: British Watercolors and Drawings (July 19 to October 23, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 19 to October 23, 2011