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Pencil Drawing - The Beloved - Study of a Black Boy

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1904P473
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. According to an entry in William Michael Rossetti's diary, the boy was employed as a servant and was spotted by Rossetti at the door of a hotel. Modern commentators have discussed this drawing in terms of diverse beauty, others have interpreted it as racist.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Black History
Medium:Black chalk over pencil on cream wove paper.


Height:495 mm
Width:374 mm