"In an Artist's Studio" Timeline

DGR painting of SiddalThis timeline is designed to accompany a COVE omnibus edition of Christina Rossetti's "In an Artist's Studio."  The edition, edited by participants in the 2017 NAVSA/AVSA Florence conference at La Pietra, will include this timeline, an annotated version of the poem, a map and a gallery. 

Timeline

Chronological table

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12 May 1828

Birth of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Photo of DGR
Albumen print of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (7 October 1863)

On 12 May 1828, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was born as Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti. His parents were Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti, an Italian émigré scholar, and Frances Mary Lavinia Polidori (the sister of John William Polidori). Rossetti would go on to form the influential literary and artistic group, The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Image: Portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: albumen print. This photograph, from 7 October 1863, was reproduced as the frontispiece of: Rossetti, William Michael, Dante Gabriel Rossetti as Designer and Writer. London: Cassell and Company, 1898.

Dino Franco Felluga
5 Dec 1830

Birth of Christina Georgina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti was born on 5 December 1830 at 38 Charlotte Street (now 105 Hallam Street) in Marylbone, London to Gabriele Rossetti and Frances Polidori.

Dino Franco Felluga
Autumn 1835

Rossetti family moves to 50 Charlotte St.

Towards the end of 1835, the Rossetti family moved across the road from their original home to a larger house at 50 Charlotte Street. 

Dino Franco Felluga
Sep 1848

Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood founded

photo of DG RossettiIn September 1848, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The brotherhood reacts, in part, against the use of bitumen, a transparent brown used for depicting exaggerated shadows, aiming instead to reproduce the sharp, brilliant colors found in fifteenth-century art. Image: Portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: albumen print. This photograph, from 7 October 1863, was reproduced as the frontispiece of: Rossetti, William Michael, Dante Gabriel Rossetti as Designer and Writer. London: Cassell and Company, 1898.

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Dec 1849

Siddal "discovered" by Walter Deverell

Elizabeth Siddal Self-Portrait (c. 1853-54)
Elizabeth Siddal Self-Portrait (c. 1853-54)

In December 1849, Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Siddal was "discovered" by Walter Deverell, a Pre-Raphaelite painter, while she was working as a milliner in Cranbourne Alley, She went on to become a model for other Pre-Raphaelite artists and eventually married Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  London. Image: Elizabeth Siddal self-portrait. This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.

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Feb 1850

“The Blessed Damozel”

Blessed DamozelIn February 1850, publication of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s “The Blessed Damozel.” Image: The Blessed Damozel, oil on canvas, Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University. Completed c. 1871-78. This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.

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Jan 1851

Rossetti family moves to Arlington St.

In January 1851, the Rossetti family moved to 38 Arlington Street, where for a short time Frances Rossetti (the mother of Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti) ran a day school. Christina Rossetti served as an assistant during this time. 

Dino Franco Felluga
13 Jan 1851

Dante Gabriel Rossetti moves to 17 Red Lion Square

17 Red Lion Square, London
17 Red Lion Square, London

On 13 January 1851, Dante Gabriel Rossetti moved to 17 Red Lion Square with Walter Deverell. He lived there briefly until moving to 14 Chatham Place in November of 1852.  Image: Courtesy of The Victorian Web. 

Jerome McGann
Nov 1852

Dante Gabriel Rossetti moves to 14 Chatham Place

Painting by George Price Boyce of 14 Chatham Place (1866)
14 Chatham Place

In November of 1852, Dante Gabriel Rossetti moved to 14 Chatham Place, Blackfriar's.  Image, courtesy of the British Library, described on the BL website as follows: "Inscribed and dated: 'G. P. Boyce. April. 26. 1866' Verso of the mount. . . [,] a label on which is inscribed in Boyce's hand 'Backs of some old houses in Soho. . . , 14 Chatham Place, Blackfriars."

Dino Franco Felluga
Spring 1853

Rossetti familty moves to Frome, Somerset

In Spring 1853, Frances Rossetti and her daughter, Christina Rossetti, went to Frome, Somerset to start a school, followed by Gabriele Rossetti (Christina's father); however, the school was not successful and the family soon moved back to London.

Dino Franco Felluga
Apr 1854

Rossetti family moves to Albany St.

In April 1854, the Rossetti family moved to 45 Upper Albany St. (now 166 Albany St.) in London. 

Dino Franco Felluga
26 Apr 1854

Death of Gabriele Rossetti

Gabriele Rossetti
Gabriele Rossetti

Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti (father of Dante Gabriel, Christina Georgina, William Michael and Maria Francesca Rossetti) died on 26 April 1854 at 45 Upper Albany St. (now 166 Albany St.).

Dino Franco Felluga
Dec 1856

Christina Rossetti writes "In an Artist's Studio"

Christina Rossetti Fair Copy Manuscript of "In an Artist's Studio"
Christina Rossetti Fair Copy Manuscript of "In an Artist's Studio" (p. 2)

In December 1856, Christina Rossetti composed "In an Artist's Studio."  Image:  fair copy manuscript of the poem, second page (Ashley MS 1364, British Library, public domain).  The poem was published posthumously by William Michael Rossetti in 1896. 

Dino Franco Felluga
25 May 1857 to 25 Jun 1857

Pre-Raphaelite Art Exhibit

photo of DG RossettiPre-Raphaelite Art Exhibit, Russell Square, London, from 25 May to 25 June 1857. This was the first exhibition devoted solely to the work of the Pre-Raphaelites. Image: Portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: albumen print. This photograph, from 7 October 1863, was reproduced as the frontispiece of: Rossetti, William Michael, Dante Gabriel Rossetti as Designer and Writer. London: Cassell and Company, 1898. This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.

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11 Feb 1862

Death of Elizabeth Siddal

Elizabeth Siddal self-portrait
Elizabeth Siddal Self-Portrait (c. 1853-54)

Elizabeth Eleanor Rossetti (formerly Elizabeth Siddal) died of a laudanum overdose at 7:20 a.m. on 11 February 1862 at 14 Chatham Place. Image: Elizabeth Siddal self-portrait.  This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.

Dino Franco Felluga
17 Feb 1862

Burial of Elizabeth Siddal

The Rossetti Family Grave
The Rossetti Family Grave, Highgate Western Cemetary

Elizabeth Eleanor Rossetti (formerly Elizabeth Siddal) was buried on 17 February 1862 in Highgate Western Cemetary in the Rossetti family plot. Dante Gabriel Rossetti placed "Dante at Verona," "Love's Nocturne" and other manuscript poems in her coffin before interment. Image: the Rossetti family grave where Elizabeth Siddal is buried (courtesy of The Victorian Web).

Dino Franco Felluga
24 Oct 1862

Dante Gabriel Rossetti moves to 16 Cheyne Walk

photo of 16 Cheyne Walk
16 Cheyne Walk, London

On 24 October 1862, Dante Gabriel Rossetti moved to 16 Cheyne Walk, London, where he lived for the next twenty years.  Image of 16 Cheyne Walk from Wikipedia Commons is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Dino Franco Felluga
10 Oct 1869

Exhumation of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's manuscripts

manuscript of "Praise and Prayer"
Manuscript of "Praise and Prayer" exhumed from Elizabeth Siddal's grave

On 10 October 1869, Dante Gabriel Rossetti had the manuscripts that he had previously buried with Elizabeth Siddal exhumed. Image: "Praise and Prayer" manuscript, one of three surviving leaves from the manuscripts Rossetti buried with his wife on 17 February 1862 in Highgate Cemetary. The original is in the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. (MS Eng 769).

Jerome McGann
Apr 1870

Rossetti, Poems

photo of DG RossettiIn April 1870, Dante Gabriel Rossetti published his first volume of original poetry, marking the start of several decades of renewed lyric experimentation by younger poets like Algernon Charles Swinburne, William Morris, Christina Rossetti, George Meredith, and Gerard Manly Hopkins. Image: Portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: albumen print, 7 October 1863. This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.

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16 Sep 1881

Publication of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Ballads and Sonnets

Binding of Ballads and Sonnets (1881)
Binding of Ballads and Sonnets (1881)

On 16 September 1881, Dante Gabriel Rossetti published Ballads and Sonnets (London: Ellis and White, 1881) along with a new edition of his Poems. Originally Rossetti intended to publish only one book of his works in 1881, a revised and augmented edition of his 1870 Poems. (On the 1870 volume, see Elizabeth Helsinger, “Lyric Poetry and the Event of Poems, 1870.″) In working over his materials, however, Rossetti soon realized that he had more poems than could be accommodated to a single volume, so he devised the scheme that eventuated in the publication of Ballads and Sonnets and its companion, A New Edition (so identified on the title page) of PoemsBallads and Sonnets included an expanded set of poems with the title, "The House of Life," now prefaced with an "Introductory Sonnet" with the first line, "A Sonnet is a moment's monument." Image: courtesy of The Rossetti Archive.

Jerome McGann
9 Apr 1882

Death of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

All Saints' Church, Burchington-on-Sea, Kent, England

Dante Gabriel Rossetti died on 9 April 1882 (Easter Sunday) at Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, where he was also buried at All Saints' Church. Image: Birchington All Saints Church from the southwest (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license).

Dino Franco Felluga
29 Dec 1894

Death of Christina Rossetti

The Rossetti Family Grave
The Rossetti Family Grave, Highgate Western Cemetary

Christina Rossetti died on 29 December 1894 and was buried in the Rossetti family plot, alongside her parents and Elizabeth Siddal. 

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1896

New Poems by Christina Rossetti published

Title Page, New Poems by Christina Rossetti
Title Page, New Poems by Christina Rossetti (1896)

In 1896, following Christina Rossetti's death in 1894, William Michael Rossetti edited and published New Poems by Christina Rossetti.  The collection included "hitherto unpublished or uncollected" poetry by C. Rossetti, including, notably, the sonnet, "In an Artist's Studio," about her brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti's relationship with Elizabeth Siddal.

Dino Franco Felluga