Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Cavemen

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pen and black ink, on paper, unframed
2½ x 4 3/8 in. (6.4 x 11.2 cm.)

Please note that the sheet is inscribed '8b' on the reverse and is with the inscription 'By Gabriel' (on the reverse).

William Michael Rossetti suggested that the drawing was 'rather earlier than 1855' and identified the subject as 'gypsies'. The figures seem rather to be prehistoric cavemen, a curious theme for D. G. Rossetti, and one that does not apparently occur in any of his other early drawings or paintings.

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