The Pre–Raphaelites [Tate 1984], 254.◦
Sharp, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 136-139
Stephens, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 32.◦
Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné,
vol. 1, 74 (no. 118).
The scene of this haunting work is medieval and the woodland setting perhaps recalls specifically Dante's “selva oscura”.
“Executed for Boyce during the artist's honeymoon in Paris (1860) to replace an earlier pen and ink drawing (1851), either lost or destroyed, of the same subject . . . . Called by Rossetti the ‘Bogie drawing’, it illustrates the legend of the Doppelgänger which had fascinated him since childhood (
Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 74 (no. 118)).
Grieve's comments on the picture's art historical relations, both contemporary and historical, are useful (see
The Pre–Raphaelites [Tate 1984], 254
The picture may be usefully compared with various of DGR's literary works, perhaps the
“Willowwood” sonnets in particular.