The Ladies of Marlboro' Street

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1846 (circa)


◦ Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 158.

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 5 (no. 21).

Scholarly Commentary


The drawing is a picture of daily life in London. Marlboro Street was infamous for its criminal element, particularly its thieves. The scene depicts two women setting on a man who is pinned against a wall “which carries notices of the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, venereal disease, and The Belle's Strategem”, a play by Mrs. Hannah Cowley (see Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 5).

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