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Study for 'La Pia de' Tolomei': 1782

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Study for 'La Pia de' Tolomei'


Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (Draughtsman)


History note: L.R. Valpy (probably through C.A. Howell); Valpy Sale, Christie's 26 May 1888 (lot 103); bt. Fuller Maitland, £53.10s

Measurements and weight

Height: 470 mm
Width: 375 mm

Relative size of this object

37.5 m47 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1939) by Fuller Maitland, J.A.


The head is taken from Alexa Wilding. There were several studies for the final oil painting which is dated by Mrs. Surtees as 1868-80 and is now in the Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas (no. 56.31) Surtees 207.

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Materials used in production

White chalk
Black chalk
Red chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Red and white chalk, and some black, on paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: monogram

  • Text: DGR
  • Location: Lower right corner
  • Method of creation: Chalk
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1868
  • Location: Lower right corner
  • Method of creation: Chalk
  • Type: Date

Inscription present: on a cartouche

  • Text: Ricorditi di me che son la Pia
  • Location: Foot of drawing
  • Method of creation: Chalk
  • Text: La Pia dei Tollomei (Sanguine) £50 lent by J.A. Fuller Maitland Esq., 39, Phillimore Gardens W (in the hand of Charles Ricketts)
  • Location: Backing
  • Method of creation: MS label
  • Text: RA Old Masters Exhibition 1833, lender L.R. Valpy, 10 Marlborough Buildings, Bath
  • Location: Backing
  • Method of creation: Printed label
  • Text: 8792
  • Location: Backing
  • Method of creation: Stencil

Inscription present: with others, illegible

  • Text: May 26 / 88
  • Location: Backing
  • Method of creation: White chalk

Identification numbers

Accession number: 1782
Primary reference Number: 13376
Surtees: 207D
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 11 October 2019 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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