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Collection Overview

Creator:
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882.
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Dante Gabriel Rossetti Collection
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/ng451h52q
Dates:
1828-1881
Size:
2 boxes and 1 linear foot
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of an open collection for material by and about the English poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection contains over forty letters by Rossetti, dated from 1857 to 1881, as well as manuscripts of verse and a pen-and-ink self-portrait. Letters are addressed to Ford Madox Brown, Robert Browning, Edward Burne-Jones, William Rossetti, and others. Among the manuscripts are the sonnets "If to grow old in heaven..." and "O bella mano..." (accompanied by the English version "O lovely hand..."). One letter from Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton is included in the collection. Also included are seven albumen prints (approx. 6" x 8") of Jane Morris, taken by J. B. Parsons in 1865, apparently from D. G. Rossetti's personal collection (via Everard Meynell).

Arrangement:

This collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection, manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author, and is arranged in the following open-ended series:

Collection Creator Biography:

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, poet and artist, was born on May 12, 1828 in London, England. He studied at King's College and the Royal Academy, where he met fellow painters Sir John Everett Millais and Holman Hunt. The three men formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Rossetti developed his skill both as painter and poet. He created one of his best known paintings, Ecce Ancilla Domini, in 1850. Rossetti produced his two best known poems, "The Portrait" and "The Blessed Damozel" in 1842, and later published The Early Italian Poets, a collection of translations of Dante and other Italian writers. Later in life Rossetti struggled with depression, although he continued to be creatively productive. He married Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal in 1860, and for two years she inspired many of his paintings. She passed away in 1862, leaving Rossetti deeply depressed. Rossetti himself passed away on April 10, 1882.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Collection items purchased in 1997, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2013.

Custodial History:

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed in 2005. Finding aid written in 2005.

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Dante Gabriel Rossetti Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/ng451h52q
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184