Rossetti's Portraits: Upcoming exhibition at The Holburne Museum 24 September 2021 to 9 January 2022
Combining paintings, drawings, and photography from across the artist’s career, including some of his most celebrated and accomplished works, Rossetti’s Portraits opens with drawings of his early social circle, including members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood during the early 1850s. Extract from The Holburn Museum website.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s portrait of William Holman Hunt was sketched on the morning of 12th April 1853
The Blue Bower by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1865
The sitter is Fanny Cornforth, Rossetti's housekeeper and mistress.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Cornforth is the focus of one of Rossetti’s masterpieces, The Blue Bower (1865, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts), a painting infused with symbolism relating to the sitter. The blue cornflowers refer to her surname, while the passion flowers suggest her fiery nature. Indeed, the work has the feel of a character study; Cornforth commands the spectator’s gaze, as if to challenge their observation of her beauty. Extract from The Holburne Museum website.
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