Dante Gabriel Rossetti, in his back garden by Max Beerbohm. This plate, which has been cut out of an octavo-sized book, does not appear in Rossetti and His Circle, 1922, and I do not know the title of the volume in which it originally appeared. A caricature of Kipling appeares on the reverse.

This delightful plate depicting the circle of painters and poets surrounding Dante Gabriel Rossetti (none of whom, as Beerbohm reminds us, he had ever met) caricatures those associated with both the early Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and aesthetic Preraphaelitism. Starting with Rossetti, who appears sketching Fanny Cornforth at lower left, and continuing counter-clockwise, the figures are J. M. Whistler, A. C. Swinburne, Theodore Watts-Dunton, W. M. Rossetti, William Morris, William Bell Scott, William Holman Hunt, John Ruskin, and Fanny Cornforth, Rossetti's mistress and model; Sir Edward Burne Jones presents as flower to a kangaroo. Somewhat oddly, Christina Rossetti is absent, as are key members of the original Brotherhood, including Sir John Everett Millais, Thomas Woolner, and F. G. Stephens [GPL].


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