Production Date: 1858-64
Exhibition History: 6 Whitehall, September 13, 1861 (possibly a single day showing); R.A., 1883
Patron: Llandaff Cathedral
Date Commissioned: early 1856
Original Cost: £400
Model: Ruth Herbert
Note: Ruth Herbert was the original model for the head of the Virgin.
Model: Jane Burden Morris
Note: DGR substituted Jane Burden Morris's head for Ruth Herbert's in 1861.
Model: Agnes Hughes
Note: Arthur Hughes's daughter Agnes was the model for the Christ Child.
Model: Edward Burne-Jones
Note: Edward Burne-Jones may be the model for the shepherd in the center panel.
Surtees writes, “In the summer of 1860 Rossetti had ‘an Italian (of
Parmigiano)’ sitting for him, though for which figure is not known” (Surtees,
A Catalogue Raisonné
, vol. 1, 58).
Model: William Morris
Note: The head of King David in the right wing is taken from William Morris.
Model: Timothy Hughes
Note: Fanny Cornforth claimed that her husband Timothy Hughes sat for the figure of David in the