Proserpine (1871), Pen and brown ink


 The land quakes and Haides leaves his dark domain.

 This is the earliest sketch that Rossetti did of Jane Morris as Proserpine. The Proserpine series of drawings and paintings were said to hold the deepest meanings for the couple who could only spend their summers together and winters apart. This drawing was completed while the couple were together at Kelmscott Manor. The composition of this drawing differs from later works: the model's hand that holds the pomegranate is lower yet still relaxed and the incense burner is in the opposite corner.

Dimensions: 6/34 x 4 6/16 inches.

Current Location: Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery.


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