An original pen and ink sketch drawn by Dante Gabriel Rossetti of his sister Christina Rossetti. The ink drawing measures 4.5 x 9.0 cm and is executed on this paper. On the verso of the drawing, in the hand of either William Michael Rossetti, or more probably, Helen Angeli Rossetti (who obtained a large amount of Rossetti's estate), are the words (in pencil): "By Gabriel." Passed down through Helen Angeli Rossetti collection to William Fredeman, foremost Pre-Raphaelite scholar and collector, into his private collection, and thence later purchased directly from his estate. A very scarce, if ephemeral drawing of Christina by her brother, hitherto unrecorded. We can find no further verification of its origin, other than the compelling drawing itself, the strong lines of provenance and the obvious inscription by Helen Rossetti on the verso. A wonderful association drawing. There are two small holes in the center, near the arms, otherwise nicely preserved.
Price: $3,750.00 Item #4995