“The Sun May Shine and We Be Cold”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1848 May
Subject: “A woman seated in an alcove before a curtained window, inset with armorial bearings, leans her head against the wall, clasping her hands. To the left on a pedestal a statue of a female saint, crowned. A child kneels in the right foreground, head turned to left, hand raised to mouth” ( Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 7).


◦ Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial, 24.

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 7 (no. 33).

Scholarly Commentary


Although the title of the drawing is adopted from the first stanza of Elizabeth Barrett's “The Romaunt of Margret” , the picture does not illustrate that ballad, which is set outdoors beside a river. (See also the commentary for the drawing executed two years earlier to illustrate the ballad.)

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