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Fair Rosamund

ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel (1828 - 1882)

Fair Rosamund

Date: 1861

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 51.9 x 41.7 cm

Acquired: 1921; Transfer; Turner House

Accession Number: NMW A 169

Rossetti studied with Ford Madox Brown and was founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. He explored the romantic world of mediaeval mysticism. Fair Rosamund (d.c.1176) was the mistress of Henry II. She appears here behind a balustrade in the royal manor of Woodstock. The red silk cord in her hand, according to legend, warned of her lover's approach. The sitter, Fanny Cornforth, was a frequent model of Rossetti's. She became his housekeeper after the death of his wife Elizabeth Siddall in 1862.

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