Rossetti’s 1857 illustrations of Tennyson—here reissued in 1903—incorporate startling effects derived from medieval and early Renaissance art. Space collapses, forms are cut off, and narrative details are inserted without concern for conventional perspective. In Mythic Uther’s Deeply Wounded Son, the artist focuses on the circle of long-haired weeping queens rather than the dying king lying across their laps. Rossetti criticized the engravers and insisted on many changes, delaying the publication.
Inscription: in graphite verso [in William Ivins' hand]: "Reprint from original block cut for 1866 (?) edition (according to title page) - from T's Poem's, New York, New Amsterdam Book Co., 1903"
William M. Ivins Jr. (American, 1878–1964); Donor: Anonymous donor William M. Ivins Jr. (American, 1878–1964)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 29, 2014–July 14, 2014.
Rodney K. Engen Pre-Raphaelite Prints: The Graphic Art of Millais, Holman Hunt, Rossetti and their Followers. Lund Humphries, 1995, fig. no. 60, pp. 98-99.
Gregory R. Suriano The Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators: The Published Graphic Art of the English Pre-Raphaelites and Their Associates. Oak Knoll Press, 2000, pp. 196-8 (in "Poems by Alfred Tennyson," Moxon, 1857), pp. 196-8, ill.
Artist: Attributed to Dante Gabriel Rossetti (British, London 1828–1882 Birchington-on-Sea)Date: ca. 1870Medium: Black pen and ink, colored washes, and watercolorAccession: 51.652On view in:Not on view