Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Miss Burton

oil on canvas
painted in 1865
6 1/4 x 8 3/4"
The Miss Burton (my Mother's maiden name incidentally) has not been identified but may have been the daughter of Sir William Frederick Burton (Irish watercolourist who later became the Director of the National Gallery) with who Rossetti was friends, especially in the mid 60's. Rossetti gave this painting to his close friend George Price Boyce who was also a friend of Burton's. The original title of the picture when sold at Boyce's sale in 1899 was 'Girl with a Blue Hood'. It sold for £32. At the Sotherby's sale in 1996 from which this is taken it was estimated at £25 - £35,000 (unfortunately I don't have the actual result).

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