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Drawing - Dante and Beatrice
  • Dante and Beatrice
    Holiday, Henry George Alexander, born 1839 - died 1927
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Dante and Beatrice

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    c.1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Holiday, Henry George Alexander, born 1839 - died 1927 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    brown and black inks, pencil and black chalk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Winifred Holiday

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 65

This is a preliminary drawing for an oil painting that became Holiday's most famous work. The oil is now in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. Holiday began planning the picture in 1864, and it was finally exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in London in 1883. It depicts an episode in the love affair between Dante, the early Renaissance poet, and Beatrice. Dante, waiting on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, sees his beloved walking on the banks of the River Arno with three companions, but she rejects his greeting. It differs considerably from the finished picture. One of the girls behind Beatrice was removed and the costume of the third girl simplified.

Physical description

Study for the painting of Dante and Beatrice

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


c.1880 (made)


Holiday, Henry George Alexander, born 1839 - died 1927 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

brown and black inks, pencil and black chalk


Height: 228 mm image, Width: 265 mm image, Height: 269 mm sheet, Width: 343 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Henry George Alexander Holiday. Study for Dante and Beatrice, c.1880

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fagence Cooper, Suzanne, Pre Raphaelite Art in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, V&A Publications, 2003. 176p., ill. ISBN I 85177 393 2
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1927, London: Board of Education, 1928.


Brown ink; Pencil; Black chalk



Subjects depicted



Drawings; Designs; Women's clothes; Romance; Renaissance (Italian)

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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