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The Bower Meadow

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Romantic and imaginative composition, set within a park landscape, with two half-length female figures seated in the foreground playing musical instruments as two women behind them dance to their music. The left foreground figure modelled for by Marie Spartali Stillman is seated in three-quarter view to the right with her head turned in profile; she wears a loose, deep pink-coloured medieval-style garment with a fine, almost transparent white fabric twisted around the neck; her dark hair is twisted and coiled at the back of her head with a pearl spiral hair ornament fastened behind the ear. The positioning of the right foreground figure modelled for by Alexa Wilding – echoes that of the left figure, appearing symmetrically balanced; her head is in three-quarter view to the left with auburn hair partially gathered at the back of her head, the rest trailing down her back; she wears a loose green robe similar to that of the left figure, with a stylised autumn leaf on the shoulder.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 86.3 x W 68 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased at Christie's, 1909

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Inscription description

Signed and dated at left bottom corner: D G Rossetti / 1872


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