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Pencil Drawing - The Beloved - Study for the Black Girl

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1904P472
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1865 - 1866

Maker Information

Artist:Dante Gabriel Rossetti - View biography for Dante Gabriel Rossetti


A study for the oil painting The Beloved (The Bride, 1865-66), now in the Tate collection. The inspiration for the painting came from a passage in the Song of Solomon: 'She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needlework; the virgins that bear her fellows shall be her company.' Eight figure studies for the painting survive. For the young black attendant, there are studies of both male and female figures, Rossetti finally choosing the latter, although it is thought that he perhaps only used a male model.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Black History
Medium:Black chalk and pencil, on paper.


Height:509 mm
Width:380 mm