Design for a Sofa

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1860 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: pen and ink and pencil
Dimensions: 10 x 13 7/8 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1860 (circa)


Current Location: Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery
Catalog Number: 471'04
Archival History: Philip Webb; Sir Sydney Cockerell; given to Fairfax Murray; Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery

Scholarly Commentary


Design in ink for a sofa framed by poles of alternating dark and light bands, and cushions lashed to them. Fan-like ornaments are mounted on the back and arms. A second, less finished drawing of a sofa is underneath. Notes and numbers in pencil are also on the sheet of paper, most in the hand of William Morris.

DGR made another sofa design around the same time, perhaps for the sofa he designed for himself around 1863.

Production History

A design for a sofa made for Ford Madox Brown by the William Morris Firm. It was exhibited at the International Exposition of 1862. It also appears in the background of the Potiphar drawing.


  • DGR: 1828-1882: An Exhibition [Tokyo 1990], 146 (no. 101).
  • Country Life, April 1, 1965 issue, 722 (repro.).
  • Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 1, 77 (no. 122A).
Design for a Sofa
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Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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