The Eve of St Agnes by Elizabeth Siddal

St Agnes' Eve, the night before the saint's feast day on 21 January, was traditionally a time when young women might dream successfully of the perfect lover provided they slept naked as did the original martyr saint.

Details

Medium:
Gouache
Dimensions:
16.5 x 12 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £5,000)
Acquired in:
1997
Vendor:
Edward Dennis

Siddal is inspired by Tennyson's version of the legend which describes a nun yearning to meet her heavenly 'bridegroom'.

Provenance

Owned by Christina Rossetti; then on her death by descent from Dante Gabriel's brother, William Rossetti.

Venue details

Wightwick Manor Wightwick Bank, WOLVERHAMPTON West Midlands WV6 8EE 01902 761400 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wightwick-manor

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