Biography and History

Henry Virtue Tebbs was a close friend and admirer of Rossetti, and many letters to him and his wife Emily are recorded among Rossetti’s correspondence. He bought works by Rossetti, promoted his work, and after his death wrote the preface to the 1883 exhibition of Rossetti at the Burlington Fine Arts Club. His intimacy with the artist was such that he was among a very few to be present at the disinterment of Rossetti’s wife, Elizabeth Siddall, in 1869 when he wished to rescue the manuscript volume of poems which he had buried with her. Violet Hunt ( Wife of Rossetti, 1932, p. xxiv) states that Tebbs wrote an account of the event.

Source: From the finding aid for C0988