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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British (London, England 1828 - 1882 Birchington-on-Sea, England)
My Lady Greensleeves
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on panel
33 x 27.3 cm (13 x 10 3/4 in.)
framed: 48.9 x 43.8 x 5.7 cm (19 1/4 x 17 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: back of panel: ...D. G. Rossetti / May 1863
  • inscription: Ink on back of panel: Painted by D. G. Rossetti/May 1863 [may be DGR's hand]There was a label on the back of the panel with verse in Rossetti's hand: She bound her green sleeve on my helm/Sweet pledge of love's sweet meed/Warm was the bared arm round my neck/As well she bade me speed;/And her kiss clings still between my lips,/Heart's heat and strength at need. [Original of this poem in Rossetti's hand now in Fogg Archives.] The third line was wrongly transcribed in the 1946 Pre-Raphaelite catalogue and the Surtees catalogue raisonné, 1971.
Thomas E. Plint, sold; [Christie's, London, June 17, 1865, lot 124]; to Croft. Grenville Lindall Winthrop, (by 1923 [1] -1943), New York, NY, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.

[1] Winthrop given as owner in 1923 book Masterpieces of D. G. Rossetti
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Surtees 161
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Catalogue of the Choice Collection of Modern Pictures..., auct. cat., Christie, Manson and Woods, Ltd. (London, June 17, 1865), lot 124

Henry Currie Marillier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, an illustrated memorial of his art and life, George Bell and Sons, Ltd. (London, England, 1904), p. 67, no. 114 in chronology

Chefs-d'oeuvre de D. G. Rossetti, A. Perche (Paris, France, 1912), repr. in b/w p. 31

Masterpieces of D. G. Rossetti, Gowans & Gray, Ltd. (London, England, 1923), repr. in b/w p. 31

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 68

Virginia Surtees, The Paintings and Drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882): A Catalogue Raisonné, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1971), no. 161

Lee Sheridan, "'French Symbolist Art' Timely Museum Exhibit", Springfield Daily News (February 1973)

Marina Henderson, D. G. Rossetti, Academy Editions/St. Martin's Press (London, England and New York, NY, 1973), p. 45

Maria Teresa Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Casa Editrice G. C. Sansoni (Florence, Italy, 1984), no. 202, repr. p. 239

Theresa Byington, "A Technical Study of Five Oil Paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 1987), Unpublished, passim

Alicia Craig Faxon, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1989), repr. in color p. 153

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 128; repr. as no. 68

Maria Teresa Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Charta (Milan, 1998), no. 202, repr. p. 239

David Acton, Master Drawings from the Worcester Art Museum, exh. cat., Hudson Hills Press/Worcester Art Museum (New York, NY, 1998), p. 152, repr.

Brian Lewis, "Thomas Edward Plint: A Patron of Pre-Raphaelite Painters", Leeds Museums and Galleries Review (2001-2002), no. 4, pp. 30-35, p. 31, repr. p. 34 as pl. 4

Chikashi Kitazaki and Mina Oya, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, 2002), pp. 206-207, cat. #62, color repr.

Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2003), p. 305

Diane Ravitch and Michael Ravitch, The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know, Oxford University Press (UK) (Oxford, 2006), p. 22, repr.

Exhibition History

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/1946 - 06/01/1946

Pre-Raphaelite and Early French Symbolist Art in the Fogg Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/16/1973 - 02/25/1973

The Pre-Raphaelites: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/04/1980 - 07/15/1980

Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Centennial Exhibition from the Harvard Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 07/12/1982 - 09/11/1982

Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 09/14/2002 - 12/08/2002

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

32Q: 2130 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/17/2016 - 04/21/2017

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