Date: 1866-1868 (altered 1872-1873)
Dimensions: 39 × 34 in. (99.1 × 86.4 cm)
frame: 53 1/4 × 48 in. (135.3 × 121.9 cm)
Credit Line: Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1935
About: In the earliest version of this painting, begun in the late 1860s, the model for the central figure was Fanny Cornforth, who was Rossetti’s mistress for a time. However, the patron for whom it was painted objected to the overly sensuous nature of Cornforth’s figure and asked that it be altered. Rossetti reworked the composition using a new model, Alexa Wilding. Wilding was a dressmaker whom Rossetti apparently discovered one day while walking in London.
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