‘THE FIRST MAJOR EXHIBITION OF [ROSETTI’S] WORK FOR 90 YEARS TO BE SEEN IN THE METROPOLIS’
ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel – Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet. 10 January to 11 March 1973. The Royal Academy of Arts London. 29 March to 6 May 1973 City Museum and Art Gallery Birmingham. London and Birmingham: Hillingdon Press for The Royal Academy and City Museum and Art Gallery, .
Quarto (247 x 186mm), pp. 112. Monochrome frontispiece after D.G. Rossetti, 12 half-tone plates on coated stock with monochrome illustrations recto-and-verso included in the pagination, illustrations in the text, some full-page. Loosely-inserted letterpress errata slip. Original green wrappers, lettered on the spine and with D.G. Rossetti’s monogram on the upper and lower wrappers. (Slightly faded on spine, traces of small adhesive label on lower wrapper.) A very good copy.
First edition. The illustrated catalogue of ‘the first major exhibition of [Rossetti’s] work for 90 years to be seen in the metropolis’ (p. 6), which comprised nearly four hundred items – including paintings, drawings, watercolours, book illustrations, and bookbindings designed by Rossetti – prefaced by a foreword by W.T. Monnington, an introductory essay by John Gere, and a chronology. The exhibition committee of Peter Cannon-Brookes, Jenny Genower, John Gere, Alastair Grieve, Philip James, Richard Ormond, and Virginia Surtees arranged the exhibition thematically rather than chronologically, in order to explore the many different aspects of Rossetti’s life and creative work in a more informative manner than a simple timeline would permit.
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