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Dante discovered drawing Beatrice as an Angel: 1066

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Dante discovered drawing Beatrice as an Angel
Florence, 9th June 1291, the First Anniversary or the Death of Beatrice


Draughtsman: Rossetti, Dante Gabriel




History note: Given by the artist to F.G. Stephens

Measurements and weight

Height: 378 mm
Width: 330 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1922-03) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Production date: AD 1849

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Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Graphite on paper, enclosed within its own line, and a slightly curved top

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Dante G. Rossetti PRB
  • Location: Lower left corner
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1849
  • Location: Lower left corner, following the above
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Date
  • Text: Florence, 9th June, 1291: The first anniversary of the death of Beatrice
  • Location: Above the curved top line
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: "On that day on which a whole year was completed since my lady had been born into the life eternal, - / remembering me of her as I sat alone, I betook myself to draw the resemblance of an angel upon certain / tablets. And while I did this, chancing to turn my head, I perceived that some were standing beside me to / whom I should have given curteous welcome, and that they where observing what I did: I also learned afterwards that they had been there a while before I perceived them. Perceiving whom, I arose for salutation, and / said "Another was with me". (See Dante's 'Autobiography of his early life)
  • Location: Below the bottom frame line
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: By D.G. Rossetti, from a drawing by himself which he gave to J.E. Millais and the latter exhibited at the Burlington Club, 1883
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Identification numbers

Accession number: 1066
Primary reference Number: 13359
Surtees: 42A
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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