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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British (London, England 1828 - 1882 Birchington-on-Sea, England)
Beata Beatrix
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor and gouache, partially varnished, on off-white wove paper
71.2 x 55 cm (28 1/16 x 21 5/8 in.)
frame: 101.6 x 83.8 x 6.4 cm (40 x 33 x 2 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: monogram, lower left
  • label: back of frame, printed and inscribed: ROYAL JUBILEE EXHIBITION, / MANCHESTER, 1887. / Artist D. G. Rossetti [inscribed in brown ink] / Title Beata Beatrix [inscribed in brown ink] / Owner's Name Frederick Craven Esq. [inscribed in brown ink] / Address [difficult to read]
  • label: back of frame, printed and inscribed: BURLINGTON FINE ARTS CLUB. / F. Craven Esqr. [in brown ink]
  • label: back of frame, printed: 17
Commissioned from the artist by Frederick W. Craven; his sale, [Christie's, London, May 18, 1895, no. 50 (£173)]; purchased at that sale by Major Vipan; his widow, Mrs. Vipan; her sale, [Christie's, London, March 13, 1925, no. 143 (£346 10s.)]; Russell, Cooke and Co., Henry Beecham; acquired by Grenville L. Winthrop; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Surtees 168 R.2
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

Joseph Knight, Life and Writings of D. G. Rossetti, Walter Scott Publishing Company, Ltd. (London, n.d.), chronology no. 163

William Sharp, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Macmillan and Co. (London, England, 1882), pp. 183, 226, chronology, no. 216

William M. Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti as Designer and Writer, Cassell & Company, Ltd. (London, New York, 1889), pg. 75

Oliver G. Destrée, Les Pré-Raphaélites: Notes sur l'Art Decoratif (Brussels, Belgium, 1894), chronology no. 296

Henry Currie Marillier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Illustrated Memorial of His Art and Life, George Bell & Sons (London, 1899), pp. 129, 174, no. 242

Elisabeth Luther Cary, The Rossettis: Dante Gabriel and Christina, G. P. Putnam's Sons (London, England, 1900), chronology, no. 157

Paget Toynbee, Chronological List with Notes of Paintings and Drawings from Dante by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Torino, 1912), no. 63

Ernestine Bell Mills, ed., The Life and Letters of Frederic Shields, Longmans, Green and Co. (London, 1912), pp. 150-152

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), no. 75

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Letters, ed. Oswald Doughty and John Robert Wahl, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, 1965-1967), vol. 3, p. 971

Virginia Surtees, The Paintings and Drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882): A Catalogue Raisonné, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1971), pg. 95, no. 168 R.2

Ronald W. Johnson, "Dante Rossetti's 'Beata Beatrix' and the 'New Life'", Art Bulletin (1975), 57, pp. 548-58

John Nicoll, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Studio Vista (London, 1975), pp. 143, 144, 153

Virginia M. Allen, The Femme Fatale: Erotic Icon, Whitston Publishing Co (Troy, NY, 1983), pp. 130-31, 144-45, fig. 30

Maria Teresa Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Casa Editrice G. C. Sansoni (Florence, Italy, 1984), no. 398, repr. p. 298

Leslie Parris, The Pre-Raphaelites, exh. cat., The Tate Gallery/Penquin Books (London, 1984), under no. 131 (Tate Britain version)

Alicia Craig Faxon, "Introduction: A New View of Pre-Raphaelitism", Pre-Raphaelite Art in Its European Context, ed. Alicia Craig Faxon and Susan P. Casteras, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Madison, NJ, 1995), pg. 18, fig. 5

Stephen Wildman, Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England, exh. cat., Art Services International (Alexandria, VA, 1995), under no. 104

Andrew Wilton and Robert Upstone, The Age of Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Watts: Symbolism in Britain 1860-1910, exh. cat., Flammarion (Paris, France and New York, NY, 1997), under no. 44 (Tate Britain version)

The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Hypermedia Research Archive, website, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1997-

Maria Teresa Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Charta (Milan, 1998), no. 398, repr. p. 298

David Wayne Thomas, "Replicas and Originality: Picturing Agency in Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Victorian Manchester", Victorian Studies (Autumn 2000), vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 67-102, pp. 73-74, fig. 2

Jerome McGann, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the game that must be lost, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2000), pp. 73-74, fig. 2

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), cat. no. 32, repr. (color)

Vincent Pomarède, "La Collection Winthrop: A la recherche de la beauté pure", L'Estampille/L'Objet d'art (April 2003), no. 379, pp. 34-45, repr. p. 39 (color)

Anne Bertrand, "Winthrop: le dessein d'une collection", L'Oeil (March 2003), no. 545, fig. 7 (color)

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), cat. no. 186, repr. (color)

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. 186, repr.

David Wayne Thomas, Cultivating Victorians: Liberal Culture and the Aesthetic, University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia, 2004), fig. 21

Dante, Illuminated, Index Magazine ([e-journal], January 25, 2017),, accessed 6/29/2017, repr.

"Hell through the Ages", Index Magazine (e-journal, February 12, 2018),, accessed March 13, 2018

Exhibition History

Pictures, Drawings, Designs and Studies by the Late Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 01/01/1883 - 12/31/1883

Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, 05/01/1887 - 10/31/1887

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

Portrait, Prospect and Poetry: British Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Bequest, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/11/1993 - 11/07/1993

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

Re-View: S426A (Large Niche) #2: The Past and the Present: British Art of the 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/26/2010 - 01/08/2011

32Q: 2130 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/07/2018 - 07/12/2018

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