Dante Gabriel Rossetti – Autograph Letter Signed

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DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI The British artist and poet of the Pre-Raphaelite movement signs this letter asking about photograph-developing tools Autograph letter signed: “DG Rossetti”, 3p, 4½x7. No place, no date, Sunday. To “My dear Hayden”. In full: “I remember you spoke of rollers or pressure as necessary for the proper mounting of the photos. If you need some apparatus for this I suppose it sh[oul]d be got. Will you let me know. I want the things to be presentable. It is the case (is it not?) that successive baths of different kinds are necessary to ensure the photos not fading? Does not this also much influence the colour so that, the further they are removed from the red tint, the more likely they are to last? I ask for information. Of those I had from Thompson & Parsons I can not (sic) answer that any have shown signs of fading, though all were not originally equally full-tone in the printing. Ever yours.” Ink notes and drawings (unknown hand, possibly Hayden’s) on verso of integral leaf. 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 … More information available. Please contact us if you have questions. HFSID 40503
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