Regina Cordium

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: oil on panel
Dimensions: 10 x 8 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1860
Exhibition History: New Gallery, 1897 (no.61); R.A., 1973 (no.300); Tate, 1984 (no.114)
Model: Elizabeth Siddal


Current Location: Johannesburg Art Gallery
Archival History: According to Surtees, if this is the original version, the provenance is as follows: John Ruskin; Arthur Severn; Bought by Sigismund Neumann in London and given to the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 1912. But this picture seems to have been first owned by John Miller, who may even have commissioned it (see Fredeman, Correspondence, 62. 17.).

Scholarly Commentary

Production History

“According to Marillier ‘more than one’ replica was made of this picture, but so far as can be ascertained this is the original. It is the portrait of Elizabeth Siddal, executed a few months after she became Rossetti's wife” (Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 1, 75 (no. 120)). The different accounts of the work's provenance are probably explained by the multiple copies of the picture.


Regina Cordium
Copyright: ©Johannesburg Art Gallery

Included Text

Regina Cordium
Note: The title is inscribed on a trompe l'oeil plate at the bottom center.


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    Angeli, DGR con 107 illustrazioni , 35.
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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 187.
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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 108a recto.
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    Gowans and Gray, Masterpieces of DGR , 20.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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