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Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

May 12, 1828 - April 9, 1882

Founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

An Englishman with an Italian name, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was born in London in 1828. His father, Gabriel, was a Dante scholar and Italian political exile. His mother, Frances Polidari Rossetti, was an Anglo-Italian whose grandfather had been the poet Byron's doctor.

Dante Gabriel was the second of four Rossetti children. His older sister, Maria, wrote about Dante and was an Anglican Nun; his younger sister, Christina, was a well-regarded poet in her own right; and the youngest, William Michael, who always remained close to his brother, was also an original member of the P.R.B. The Rossetti family , by all accounts, was close-knit and talented.

By the age of five, Rossetti was already writing plays about chivalry. At 12 he wrote his first poem "Roderick and Rosalba" which also had a chivalric theme. At 14 his "Sir Hugh the Heron" was written in imitation of Walter Scott. It was at this age that Rossetti enrolled in Sass's drawing academy which was considered preparation for entering one of the Royal Academy art schools.

In 1844 Rossetti first saw and greatly admired the work of the painter Ford Madox Brown. The following year Rossetti was admitted to the Antique School of the Royal Academy. Three years later, Rossetti left the academy for good and sought out Brown as a painting tutor.

1848 was an important year in the young Rossetti's life. In addition to leaving art school, tutoring with Brown, he sought out the young painter, William Holman Hunt, whose work "Eve of St. Agnes" Rossetti had seen at the 1848 Academy exhibition. Under Hunt's watchful eye, Rossetti began painting "The Girlhood of Mary Virgin".

Like Rossetti, Hunt was disenchanted with the neoclassical painting convention embedded in the Royal Academy's curriculum. Soon Rossetti and Hunt met John Millais, a precocious and talented art student, who was similarly disenchanted. In October 1848 while looking at engravings made of the frescoes in Campo Porto in Pisa, Italy, this restless group of young artists and several others including Rossetti's brother William, formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

1850 was also an important year in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's life. The P.R.B. began to attract attention as several examples of the style appeared in the Royal Academy exhibition of 1850. The P.R.B.'s official journal, The Germ, began publication in January (and ended four issues later in April). And, perhaps, most importantly, Rossetti met Elizabeth Siddal. Rossetti would spend the next ten years obsessed with this women who he continuously paints, draws, sketches and writes poetry about.

During the mid-1850s the original configuration of the Brotherhood changed. Rossetti will meet William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and Charles Algernon Swinburne, all younger men who are inspired by Rossetti and his Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics. With the older Rossetti as leader, this younger group will usher in the second Pre-Raphaelite phase.

In 1860 Rossetti and Siddal are married. Two years later, Siddal dies. Grieving and guilty, Rossetti will bury his poetry manuscripts in her grave.

After his wife's death in 1862, Rossetti wrote little poetry, but he continued to work on his painting, primarily using oils, which he had earlier given up for watercolors. His reputation grew and he began a romantic relationship with Fanny Cornforth, one of his models. He was also, apparently, romantically involved with Jane Burden Morris, William Morris' wife.

In 1869, Rossetti's friend William Bell Scott convinced him to recover the poetry that had been buried in his wife's grave. The following year he published Poems which sparked the famous critique of the Pre-Raphaelites by Robert Buchanan called "The Fleshly School of Poetry." Many of the poems in this collection are focused on either Rossetti's dead wife or Jane Morris who he remained deeply attracted to.

It is also at this time in the early 1870s that Rossetti begins using the drug chloral to help him battle against his chronic insomnia. Rossetti begins a descent into mental illness characterized by eccentric, and at times manic and delusional behavior. Nevertheless, he continues to write and paint. In 1881 he published Ballads and Sonnets and a new revised edition of Poems. Michael Rossetti, Dante Gabriel's brother refers to this period between 1874 and 1882 as the "chloralized years."

Rossetti died a month before his 54th birthday in a friend's house near Birchington-on-sea.

  • Helen Rossetti Angeli, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: His Friends and Enemies. London, 1849.

  • Robert M. Cooper, Lost on Both Sides: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Critic and Poet. Athens, Ohio, 1970.

  • William Gaunt, The Pre-Raphaelite Dream. New York, 1966

  • Rosalie Glynn Grylls, Portrait of Rossetti. London, 1964.

  • H. C. Marrilier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti: An Illustrated Memorial of His Art and Life. London, 1899.

  • Lona Mosk Packer, editor, The Rossetti-Macmillan Letters. Berkeley, California, 1963.

  • Gale Pedrick, Life with Rossetti: Or, No Peacocks Allowed. London, 1964.

  • Andrea Rose, The Pre-Raphaelites. London, 1977

  • David Sonstroem, Rossetti and the Fair Lady. Middletown, Connecticut, 1970.

  • Derek Stanford, Pre-Raphaelite Writing. London, 1973.

  • Lionel Stevenson, The Pre-Raphaelite Poets. New York, 1972.

  • Virginia Surtees, The Paintings and Drawings of D. G. Rossetti: A Catalogue Raisonne. Oxford, 1971.


Official Cosmic Record

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
1983 Bohemians of .338 320 68 7 35
1984 Bohemians of .279 392 106 9 43
1985 Bohemians rf .257 420 108 10 46
1986 Bohemians rf .247 644 159 9 63
1987 Bohemians rf .229 637 146 9 63
1988 Bohemians rf .243 654 159 13 69
1989 Bohemians rf .231 645 149 12 74
1990 Bohemians rf .274 266 73 4 23
1991 Bohemians rf .283 381 108 2 40
1992 Bohemians rf .252 377 95 5 40
1993 Bohemians rf .194 288 56 0 12
11 Seasons .244 5024 1227 80 508

Rossetti joined the CBA as an original member of the Eden Bohemians and played outfield for 11 seasons. After leaving the Bohemians, Rossetti spent the intervening years putting together the Pre-Raphaelites which joined the CBA for the 1997 Season in the Cosmic Under League. Rossetti returns to the CBA this time as a starting pitcher.

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