Il Ramoscello

Alternately titled: Bella e Buona

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: oil on panel
Dimensions: 18 x 14 1/2 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1865
Note: The monogram and date are inscribed at upper left.

Production Description

Production Date: 1865
Exhibition History: R.A. 1883 (no.310); Fogg Museum of Art 1946 (no.69)
Model: Amy Graham
Note: According to WMR, this is a portrait of one of the daughters of William Graham (a young lady who would later become Lady Muir Mackenszie), but Marillier denies it, and Graham's daughter Francis Horner (in Time Remembered) identifies the portrait simply as “a girl standing against a background of ilex, or bay” (page 8).


Current Location: Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University
Catalog Number: 1943.201
Archival History: William Graham; Christie's sale April 3, 1886 (lot 11), £378; Grenville L. Winthrop Bequest; Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University

Scholarly Commentary

Production History

The picture has an interesting history. Originally painted for William Graham in 1865, its title at that point was Bella e Buona. DGR took back the picture in 1873 and repainted it, renaming it “Il Ramoscello” and adding the new title to the picture's background. When it was returned to Graham he was displeased with the changes and had them removed, although he left the new title on the picture.


At the time he made this picture he associated it with a poem he wrote at the same time, identically titled Bella e Buona. He later changed the poem's name to ?Plighted Promise? when he came to include it in his 1870 Poems, thus erasing the ?double work? status that poem and picture originally had.


Il Ramoscello
Copyright: Courtesy of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop. Image copyright: © President and Fellows of Harvard College, Harvard University.

Included Text

Il Ramoscello
Note: The title is inscribed at upper right.


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    Angeli, DGR con 107 illustrazioni , 114.
  2. Ash, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 261.
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