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Current Location: In storage


Clerk Saunders


Draughtsman: Siddal, Elizabeth Eleanor




History note: Charles Eliot Norton; D.G. Rossetti; bought from W.M. Rossetti by C. Fairfax Murray

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1910) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


Production date: AD 1857

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Materials used in production

Coloured chalks

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( laid down)
Paper Height 284 mm Width 181 mm

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour, bodycolour, coloured chalks, on paper, laid on a stretcher

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: underlined

  • Text: EES
  • Location: Bottom left
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: underlined

  • Text: 1857
  • Location: Bottom left, following the above
  • Type: Date
  • Text: Clerk Saunders / This picture by Mrs. Rossetti, esteemed by her husband the / best of her works belonged for many years to Charles Eliot Norton / in America and so desirous was Mr Rossetti to have it again that / he exchanged a drawing of his own for it and kept it till his / death. Purchased of William Michael Rossetti in 1884. / There is no doubt that Gabriel Rossetti himself worked on / this picture as was customary with him, as Mr Burne-Jones told / me long ago. Much of the merit these works have belongs to him / and his aid is frequently visible in the preliminary drawings. / A finished sketch mostly done in carmine remains in the possession / of Wm Rossetti. / The title on the stretcher at the back is in the handwriting / of Wm Rossetti. / Charles Fairfax Murray
  • Location: Frame, verso
  • Method of creation: A letter

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 680
Primary reference Number: 13598
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 12 October 2023 Last processed: Thursday 12 October 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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