Person    | Male  Born 12/5/1828  Died 9/4/1882

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Categories: Art, Poetry

Poet & painter. Born 38 Charlotte Street, son of an Italian political refugee and Professor of Italian (with a bit of a thing about Dante). Brother to Christina. Their mother was brother to Dr Polidori. Godchild to Charles Lyell. In 1848/9 he founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with his brother William and John Everet Millais. Had an affair with Jane Burden, William Morris's wife. Married Lizzie Siddal and on her suicide, placed a manuscript book of his poems in her coffin. Years later, needing poems to publish he had the book retrieved by gravediggers. Died at Westcliffe, Birchington, Kent and was buried there. Never visited Italy.

To our discredit we find we have begun a collection of famous men with uncomfortably enlarged testicles: see Gibbon and Mrs Thrale's husband, Henry. And now a Guardian book review reports that Rossetti had "a testicle so swollen his walk was lop-sided."

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Dante Rossetti

{on the top, round plaque:} LCC Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1828 - 1882, poet &...

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Rossetti fountain

Unveiled by William Holman Hunt. There must have been a committee to erect th...

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Rossetti, Morris and Burne-Jones

What a delight - a quality plaque that isn't round and blue.

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Rossetti & Swinburne

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1828 - 1882, and Algernon Charles Swinburne, 1837 - 1...

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Gordon Home

Gordon Home

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John Francis Sartorius

John Francis Sartorius

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James Pryde

James Pryde

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National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland

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Building, Art, Ireland

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Michael Ayrton

Michael Ayrton

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