Dante Gabriel RossettiSketch of Angels' Heads ?c.1875

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828‑1882)
Sketch of Angels' Heads
Date ?c.1875
MediumChalk on canvas
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 515 x 567 mm
Acquisition Presented by W. Graham Robertson 1940
Not on display

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White chalk 17 7/16 × 19 11/16 (443 × 500) on canvas 20 5/16 × 22 5/16 (515 × 567), the drawing over a reddish-brown ground, the rest of the canvas only primed

Presented by W. Graham Robertson (as part of N 05064) 1940

Prov: N05064 was painted for F.R. Leyland, at whose sale, Christie's 28 May 1892 (48), it was bt by W. Graham Robertson, but it is not known at what point T 03817 became attached to the painting

This chalk sketch is on a fragment of canvas taken from the bottom left corner of a larger canvas; the original tacking edges remain at the left and bottom. The fragment was found attached to the back of Rossetti's ‘Proserpine’, N05064, when W. Graham Robertson presented the painting in 1940, but was only separately registered by the Gallery in 1984. The canvas was pinned to a board with the drawing facing the back of ‘Proserpine’, the whole being ‘Nailed on lower half of stretcher at back and papered down’ according to a note made on 7 August 1940 by D.C. Fincham, then an Assistant at the Gallery… (read more)

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