For a Venetian Pastoral, by Giorgione (in the Louvre) (WMR corrected copy)


Production Description

Document Title: For a Venetian Pastoral, by Giorgione, in the Louvre.
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1849
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy
Collation: 1 small leaf
Scribe: WMR
Corrector: WMR


Current Location: South African National Gallery

Physical Description

Paper: cream laid paper
Dimensions of Document: 7 x 4 1/2 in.

Scholarly Commentary


This copy of the sonnet is one of six made by WMR for a book he contemplated, to be titled Dicta of Artists, “Being Remarks by Various British Artists and Other Artists on Matters of Art”. He compiled the materials sometime after the turn of the century. The section of the book devoted to DGR's comments on art included this sonnet plus five other of DGR's “Sonnets for Pictures”, including “For an Allegorical Dance of Women, by Andrea Mantegna, in the Louvre”, “For a Virgin and Child, by Hans Memmling, in the Academy of Bruges”, “For a Marriage of St. Katharine, by the same (Hans Memmeling)” , and the pair of sonnets “For Ruggiero and Angelica, by Ingres”. The projected book, with these sonnets, is preserved in the library of the National Museum of South Africa.

This copy is notable because WMR's text represents both the early (1849) version of the sonnet as well as the revised version of 1869.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 40-1849.sangms.rad.xml
Copyright: By permission of the South African National Gallery