The Roseleaf, 1870
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
British, 1828 - 1882
two types of graphite on wove paper
39 x 35.2 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 3202)
Portrait of Mrs. William Morris
The drawing represents the wife of William Morris, Jane Burden, with whom Rossetti was also in love. The remote, melancholy tenor of the image seems to foreshadow their doomed affair. That Rossetti never sold this sheet attests to its personal significance.