The Merciless Lady

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: 12 1/4 x 12 3/8 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1865
Note: The monogram and date are inscribed at lower right. A label on verso by G.P. Boyce reads: “by January 31st 1865,” indicating the date of sale transacted between Boyce and DGR.

Production Description

Production Date: 1865
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C. 1883 (no.30); London, Thomas Agnew and Sons, Annual Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings (no. 118); Royal Academy 1972 (no. B127); The Fine Art Society 1972, The Aesthetic Movement and the Cult of Japan (no. 49); Royal Academy 1973, DGR: Painter and Poet (no. 312); The Fine Art Society 1974, The Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings from the Handley-Read Collection (no.67); Tokyo 1990 (no. 31); Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery 1991; Kurume, Ishibashi Museum of Art, 1991 (no. 31); Takamatsu, Takematsu City Museum 1996 Le Symbolisme en Europe; Tokyo 1996


Current Location: Charles Handley–Read
Archival History: G.P. Boyce Jan. 31, 1865; Christie's sale July 1, 1897 (lot 154), £105; Fairfax Murray; Agnew; Sir William Mills June 1923; Francis W. Nicholls 1932; Charles Handley–Read 1970; Fine Art Society, London; Thomas Stainton; Peter Nahum; Private collection

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The Merciless Lady
Copyright: ©The Fine Art Society, London/Bridgeman Art Library


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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 138.
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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , plate 258.
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    Angeli, DGR con 107 illustrazioni , 110.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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