Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Lady Anne Bothwell's Lament
signed with monogram and inscribed 'Lady Anne Bothwell's Lament./vide Percy's Reliques' (lower centre)
pencil, pen and brown ink and brown wash, on paper, corners cut
11½ x 9 1/8 in. (29.2 x 23.2 cm.)
An illustration to a ballad in Bishop Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765), an important source for Rossetti and other Pre-Raphaelites. Described as 'a Scottish song', the ballad takes the form of a 'lament' by Lady Anne at having been deserted with her child by her husband. The style of the drawing and the form of the monogram indicate a date of circa 1846-7, that is to say a year or two before the formation of the Brotherhood.