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Rossetti and his pets

The English poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882) was an avid keeper of pets. The garden of the house at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea that he shared with Algernon Swinburne, George Meredith and others contained a menagerie including, as well as ‘ordinary domestic creatures’, at least one of each of the following: deer, kangaroo, zebu, armadillo, laughing jackass, chameleon, squirrel, mole, woodchuck, marmot, white mouse, green lizard, Japanese salamander, talking parrot, raven, wood owl, Virginia owl, Chinese horned owl, jackdaw, undulated grass-parakeet, and wombat.

At one point he bought a white bull because it had ‘eyes like Jane Morris’, but had to get rid of it because it ‘kicked everything to pieces’. Continue reading

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti – a poem and a life

[first posted on MyT]

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882) was a poet, painter and founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. An Englishman of Italian extraction, he was a colourful character – handsome, passionate, impulsive, eccentric, and immensely likeable. Those who knew him were devoted to him, yet he was plagued by self-doubt – his first book of his own poems wasn’t published till he was almost 42 years old, and, in contrast to his effortlessly brilliant companion John Everett Millais, he struggled to master the paintbrush to his satisfaction. Continue reading

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