Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Portrait of Mr Frederick Leyland, bust-length


Signed with monogram and dated '1879' (lower left)

Coloured chalks on pale blue paper

25 . x 18 . in. (64.7 x 46.3 cm.)

33 . x 27 in. (85.8 x 68.5 cm.) (framed)



Commissioned by the sitter as a wedding present for his eldest daughter on her marriage to Stevenson Hamilton in 1879.

By descent to Squadron-Leader D.L. Stevenson.

Christie's, London, 9 November 1971, lot 150.

With The Fine Art Society, London, 1973.

Private collection.

Christie's London, 16 December 2015, Lot 108 (withdrawn).

Private collection, UK.


E. Mills (ed.), The Life and Letters of Frederic Shields, London, 1912, p. 243.

O. Doughty and J.R. Wahl (eds.), Letters of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, IV, Oxford, 1967, p. 1650.

V. Surtees, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1971, vol. I, p. 171, under no. 346.

J. Bryson and J. Camp Troxell (eds.), Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Jane Morris: Their Correspondence, Oxford, 1976,

pp. 102, 149.

R. Elzea, The Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft, Jr., and Related Pre-Raphaelite Collections (in the Delaware Art Museum), Wilmington, 1978, p. 126.

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