Caroline Davies: The Guardian
A drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti for one of his greatest paintings and discovered in a secondhand bookshop for £75 is to go on display for the first time.
The preparatory drawing for his oil painting Pia de’ Tolomei, produced late on in his career in 1868, depicts one of the artist’s favourite models, Alexa Wilding, a dressmaker he discovered when he saw her walking on the Strand in London and was captivated by her flowing auburn hair. …Read More
Pictured: The drawing was produced in 1868 and depicts one of the artist’s favourite models, Alexa Wilding. Photograph: Michael Jones/The Fitzwilliam Museum, Image Library