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Chalk Drawing - Portrait of Fanny Cornforth

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1904P486
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1868 - 1868

Maker Information

Artist:Dante Gabriel Rossetti - View biography for Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Fanny Cornforth reached her zenith as Rossetti's model in the oil painting The Blue Bower of 1865, now at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham.

By 1867 Rossetti's eyesight was deteriorating and he began to resort to using chalks. This may explain the choice of medium and flattering soft focus on the model (who would have been in her mid thirties by this date).

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Red chalk on paper.

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Height:495 mm
Width:345 mm