Previously Unseen Work by Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Be Shown in Birmingham


BIRMINGHAM.- A previously unseen work by Dante Gabriel Rossetti is to go on show for the first time Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Poetry of Drawing, opening 29 January 2011. Rossetti’s brooding Mnemosyne (1876, private collection) is a striking large-scale pastel drawing depicting Jane Morris, wife of the designer William Morris and Rossetti’s most important muse in the last decade of his life. The drawing remained in Rossetti’s studio until his death and has been in a private collection ever since. Rossetti fell in love with Jane and drew and painted her repeatedly, sometimes as herself but more often as characters from mythology and literature. Her distinctive appearance, with her heavy dark hair and strong, impassive features, has come to typify the later Pre-Raphaelite ideal of female beauty. When the novelist Henry James, having seen Rossetti’s paintings of her, met Jane in person in 1869, he