The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti 6

The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti 6

The Last Decade, 1873-1882: Kelmscott to Birchington I. 1873-1874

Edited by William E. Fredeman





The sixth volume of Rossetti's correspondence covers a particularly energetic period of artistic activity and dealings with patrons, his new agent C.A. Howell, dealers and friends.
Rossetti's return to Kelmscott in September 1872, following his breakdown and recovery charted in volume 5, commenced a period of artistic activity which was at its most energetic in the years 1873-1874. Because of the isolation of Kelmscott, he engaged C.A. Howell as his agent, and trusted him to find new buyers and assist in negotiations with his principal patrons. A complex character who " whirled a tornado of lies", he could nevertheless sell pictures, negotiate with mercurial buyers and tolerate Rossetti's peremptory ways. We are fortunate, too, in having Rossetti's letters to the demanding patron Frederick Leyland. The letters demonstrate that in Leyland, Rossetti more than met his match, but neither the friendship nor the patronage foundered.

Previously valued friends exhausted his patience: Swinburne, for example, is "the crowning nuisance of the whole world." At the same time, he unreservedly acknowledged debts and obligations, in particular to F.M. Brown and his brother William (to both of whom he owed "more in life" than to anyone else); and friends in need could always count on his generosity. When James Hannay's death left his family in uncertain circumstances, Rossetti acted immediately: "I have no family of my own to provide for, & am therefore doubly bound to do what I can for an old friend's children."


December 2006
1 colour, 3 black and white, 31 line illustrations
688 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
ISBN: 9781843840602
Format: Hardback
BISAC LCO011000, ART015000, ART016000
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Table of Contents

Recently Located Letters, 1835-1872
The Letters, 1873-1874
Appendix 1: Rossetti's Relations with the Morrises, 1868-1875
Appendix 2: The Oil Versions of Rossetti's Proserpine
Appendix 3: Monna Innominata: Alexa Wilding


I am glad to welcome the sixth volume of this magisterial work of North American scholarship, finely produced by a distinguished British publisher. JOURNAL OF WILLIAM MORRIS STUDIES

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