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    A PRE-RAPHAELITE BEAUTY AT SOTHEBY’S

    Friday, June 2nd, 2017

    Dante Gabriel Rosetti – Lady Lillith

    The only version of one of the most iconic works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti to remain in private hands comes up at Sotheby’s in London on July 13. A celebration of the beauty of the artist’s first mistress, Fanny Cornforth Lady Lilith comes to auction for the first time in thirty years. The work was painted during Rossetti’s most innovative period in the 1860’s, when he created the cult of the Pre-Raphaelite beauty, or ‘Stunner’ as he called them, whose physical qualities were embodied by Fanny Cornforth.  It is estimated at £400,000-600,000.

    Simon Toll, Sotheby’s Victorian Art Specialist, said: “Rossetti’s work is a great passion of mine and I have been lucky enough to bring to auction several important examples by him in recent years, breaking the world record for a watercolour, a drawing and an oil painting. ‘Lady Lilith’ has always been one of my favourites but I had never seen this particular picture ‘in the flesh’. It was a moment of genuine excitement when I first saw it being unwrapped from the packing case in which it had been sent from Japan, its home for the last thirty years. Not only is the work in wonderful condition, it’s also in Rossetti’s original frame and with the artist’s hand-written poem attached to the backing-board. To find a picture in such an untouched condition is exceptionally rare.”