Museums Home BMAGiC Home Search Browse BMAGiC Help About BMAGiC Contact Us

Chalk Drawing - Portrait of Fanny Cornforth with Earring

View main imageView larger image
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

There are no additional images for this object.

Basic Information

Accession Number:1904P482
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1874 - 1874

Maker Information

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


This is one of the last portraits by Rossetti of his model and mistress Fanny Cornforth. She was born (c. 1835) Sarah Cox in Steyning, Sussex. In 1860 Fanny married Timothy Hughes and became known as Sarah Hughes. Timothy Hughes died in 1872 and Fanny subsequently married John Bernard Schott in November 1879. This, and a chalk drawing of the same size and date but without blouse and ornaments, were the last portraits made of Fanny. Although treated frostily by the Rossetti family, Fanny repaid Rossetti's support by forming a substantial collection of his drawings, most of which were bought by Charles Fairfax Murray; these are now in the Birmingham collection. Fanny died in 1905.

Purchased and presented by subscribers, 1903.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:Portrait Fanny Cornforth
Medium:Coloured chalk on pale green paper.

Associated People


Height:723 mm
Width:616 mm