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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British (London, England 1828 - 1882 Birchington-on-Sea, England)
Il Ramoscello
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Bella e Buona / Il Ramoscello (Bella e Buona)
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
47.6 x 39.4 cm (18 3/4 x 15 1/2 in.)
framed: 68.6 x 59.4 x 8.3 cm (27 x 23 3/8 x 3 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: u.l.: DGR [in monogram] 1865
  • inscription: strainer, paint: Il Ramoscello / [something painted out] / painted by D.G. Rossetti 1865
  • gallery label: back, paper, black ink, printed
  • exhibition label: back, paper, ink
  • label: back, paper, ink, typewritten: Il Ramoscello, formerly called Bella e' Buono / Painted by D. G. Rossetti / Signed with initials and dated 1865 / Formerly in the collection of William Graham, Esq. / Exhibited: Royal Academy Exhibition of Old Masters, 1883, by William / Graham. / Recorded: Bryan's Dictionary of Painters (1902) / "Rossetti," by F. M. Hueffner, p. 148-- / "In a rapid survey of the more important works up to, say, the end of 1871, mention should be made of the Sibylla Palmifera of / 1864, a not altogether successful allegoric composition; of the ex- / tremely fine Washing Hands, a water-color of a lady and a man in eighteenth-century costume, one of Rossetti's most powerful designs; / of a very charming oil picture Il Ramoscello, called also Fair and / Good, painted in 1865 and retouched in 1873."
William Graham, by 1872, sold [through his sale, Christie's, London, April 3, 1886, no. 111]; to Major Vipan, by descent; to Mrs. Vipan, his widow, sold [through her sale, Christie's, London, March 13, 1925, no. 155]. [Scott & Fowles, New York], sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY, January 22, 1926, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Surtees 181
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

William Sharp, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Macmillan and Co. (London, England, 1882), pp. 197, 203; chronology, no. 144

Frederic George Stephens, "The Earlier Works of Rossetti" (2 parts), Portfolio, Portfolio (London, England, 1883), pt. 1, pp. 87, 89

William M. Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti as Designer and Writer, Cassell & Company, Ltd. (London, New York, 1889), p. 71

Frederic George Stephens, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Seeley (London, England, 1894), p. 70

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, His Family Letters, ed. William M. Rossetti, Roberts Brothers (Boston, MA, 1895), vol. I, p. 243

Ulisse Ortensi, "I Artisti Contemporanei: Dante Gabriele Rossetti", Emporium, Istituto Italiano d'Arti Grafiche (Bergamo, Italy, 1896), vol. IV, p. 13

Henry Currie Marillier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Illustrated Memorial of His Art and Life, George Bell & Sons (London, 1899), p. 139, no. 167, woodcut after painting repr. opp. p. 139

Elisabeth Luther Cary, The Rossettis: Dante Gabriel and Christina, G. P. Putnam's Sons (London, England, 1900), no. 121 in chronology

Henry Currie Marillier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, an illustrated memorial of his art and life, George Bell and Sons, Ltd. (London, England, 1904), p. 96; chronology no. 216

Ernest Radford, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, G. Newnes Ltd. (London, England, 1908), p. xvi

Gabriel Mourey, D. -G. Rossetti et les Preraphaelites anglais, H. Laurens (Paris, France, 1909), p. 32

Hippolyte Mireur, Dictionnaire des ventes d’art faites en France et à l’Etranger pendant les XVIIIme & XIXme siècles, Souillé (Paris, 1911-1912), tome VI, p. 390

Ford Madox Hueffer, Rossetti: A Critical Essay on His Art [2nd ed.], Duckworth & Co. (London, England, 1914), p. 148

Frances Horner, Time Remembered, William Heinemann, Ltd. (London, England, 1933), pp. 8-9

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 69

Virginia Surtees, The Paintings and Drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882): A Catalogue Raisonné, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1971), no. 181, repr. as pl. 261

Marina Henderson, D. G. Rossetti, Academy Editions/St. Martin's Press (London, England and New York, NY, 1973), p. 85

Maria Teresa Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Casa Editrice G. C. Sansoni (Florence, Italy, 1984), no. 245, repr. p. 254

Edvige Schulte, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: vita, arte, poesia, Liguori Editore (Naples, Italy, 1986), repr. in b/w fig. 29

Mark Aronson, "Trial and Error: Further Notes on the Materials and Techniques of the Pre-Raphaelite Painters" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 1986), Unpublished, pp. 1-28 passim

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

Susan P. Casteras, “Rossetti's Embowered Females in Art, or Love Enthroned and The Lamp's Shrine.”, Nineteenth Century Studies (1988), vol. II, repr. b/w fig. 14, p. 44 and journal cover; text p. 40

Alicia Craig Faxon, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1989), repr. in color p. 157

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. 74, color plate; pp. 128, 156, repr. b/w cat. no. 62

Maria Teresa Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Charta (Milan, 1998), no. 245, repr. p. 254

Marian Veevers, Komm, schwarze Nacht, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (Munich, June 1999), detail repr. in color on cover

Oliver Garnett, "The Letters and Collection of William Graham: Pre-Raphaelite Patron and Pre-Raphaelite Collector", The Sixty-Second Volume of the Walpole Society, The Walpole Society (Leeds, 2000), pp. 145-343, no. a30; p. 158, 194-195, 204-205, 215-217, 224, 229-230, repr. as fig. 110

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. 208-209, cat. #64, color repr.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), no. 184, pp. 412-414, repr. in color

Christopher Riopelle, Harvard's Winthrop Collection: Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, exh. cat., National Gallery Company Limited (London, 2003), p. 19, cat. 6, ill.

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 184, pp. 424-426, repr. in color

Stephen Wildman, Waking Dreams: The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites from the Delaware Art Museum, exh. cat., Art Services International (Alexandria, Virginia, 2004), pp. 202, 210

Exhibition History

Winter Exhibition: Works by the Old Masters and by Deceased Masters of the British School, Including a Special Selection from the Works of John Linnell and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 01/01/1883 - 02/28/1883

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

Paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Technical Study, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/24/1987 - 09/18/1987

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

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

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

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