DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI The 18th century British Pre-Raphaelite painter hand-writes and signs this letter to a friend Autograph letter signed: “Ever yours/DGR”, 1p, 4½x7. 16 C W, no date, Thursday. To “My dear Hayden”. In full: “I think these negatives might just go back in their cabinet as this is not the time to be spending money on them. I don’t know whether Sunday wd suit to bring them in a cab (at my charges of course) – if so I’d ask you to stay [for] dinner.” Painter, designer, writer and translator Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) was one of the most important and original artistic forces in Great Britain during the second half of the 18th century. A co-founder (with his mentor, William Holman Hunt, and John Everett Millais) of the Pre-Raphaelites, his art focused on romantic love and religious themes. The Anglo-Catholic revival very much affected Rossetti’s work in the late 1840s and early 1850s. He mostly painted women with religious symbolism or flowers around them. His early poetry was influenced by John Keats. His later poetry was characterized by the complex interlinking of thought and feeling, especially in his sonnet sequence “The House of Life”. Poetry and image are closely entwined in Rossetti’s work; he frequently wrote sonnets to accompany his pictures, spanning from “The Girlhood of Mary Virgin” (1849) and “Astarte Syriaca” (1877), while also creating art to illustrate poems such as “Goblin Market” by the celebrated poet Christina Rossetti, his sister. In 1870 Rossetti published a collection entitled Poems by D. G. Rossetti which was harshly criticized as being the epitome of “fleshly school of poetry” because the poems described fleeting romantic moments. Lightly creased. Mounting remnants at margin on verso show through to blank margin. Folds, not at signature. Lightly stained. Otherwise, fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 40502
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