John Alexander Fuller Maitland (1856-1936), noted music critic and scholar; Sotheby’s, London, 30 January 1991, lot 294, where purchased by the present owner
This is a sketch for one of the pairs of embracing lovers reunited in Paradise, on the left-side of the background of Rossetti’s second version of The Blessed Damozel painted between 1875 and 1879. Rossetti made many sketches for the eleven pairs of entwined figures, three of which are in Birmingham City Art Gallery, one at the British Museum and another at the National Museum of Wales (others have appeared at auction, Swann Galleries, New York, 20 September 2018, lot 140, another Christie’s, London, 13 July 2016, lot 113 and another Christie’s, London, 16 June 2015, lot 50). There is a detailed drawing of all of the figures together at the Fogg Art Gallery in Harvard.
The sheet is flat and there are no visible tears. There is a light horizontal crease to the sheet at the centre of the left side - only visible upon close inspection. There are a few foxings marks close to the right and left edges and two small stains in the lower left corner.
The drawing is contained in a reproduction of a wooden carved and gilt 'Rossetti' frame with banding and medallions. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."