Medium: oil on canvas mounted on panel
28 5/8 x 16 1/2
At some point, under the direction of an unknown party, the
painting was restretched and reduced in size by several inches at each side (see
vol. 1, 12-13).
Date on Image: March 1850
Note: The monogram and date are inscribed at lower left.
Production Date: 1850 March
Exhibition History: National Institution, Portland Gallery, 1850 (no.225); R.A., 1883 (no.288); Whitechapel 1883 (no.16); Manchester 1911 (no.1210); Amsterdam, 1936 (no.130); Paris
1938 (no.115); Tate 1948 (no.20); R.A., 1973 (no.37); Tate 1984 (no.22)
Patron: Francis MacCracken
Date Commissioned: 1853
Original Cost: £50
Model: Christina Rossetti
Note: Christinia Rossetti sat for the Virgin initially.
Model: Miss Love
Note: Miss Love, a professional model, sat for the Virgin's hair.
Note: Maitland was one of three professional models who sat for the angel Gabriel.
Note: Lambert was one of three professional models who sat for the angel Gabriel.
Note: White was one of three professional models who sat for the angel Gabriel.
Model: William Michael Rossetti
Note: WMR sat for the angel Gabriel's head.
Model: Thomas Woolner
Note: Woolner sat for the angel Gabriel's head.
DGR did some very slight retouching in 1874, when Graham bought the painting. DGR probably
oversaw the restretching of the picture at this time, when it was given its present frame.
“The original frame evidently bore latin mottoes, copies from a brass or
brass-rubbing owned by F. G. Stephens, which were ‘Popish’ in
The Pre-Raphaelites, Tate 1984, 73).
Current Location: Tate Gallery
Catalog Number: 1210
Purchase Price: £840
Archival History: Fraces MacCraken; Christie's sale March 31, 1855 (lot 83), £79. 16
s.; Pearce; John Heugh; Christie's April 25, 1874 (lot 153), £388. 10
s.; William Graham; Christie's sale April 3, 1886 (lot 113), £840.; Tate Gallery