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Monday, May 17, 2010

say it 3 times fast: rossetti's wombat

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William Bell Scott drew this portrait of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's tubby pet wombat in 1871, on a piece of the stationary for 16 Cheyne Walk. Rossetti had been living at that address since his wife Lizzie's death, along with the poet Swinburne, a couple of other intimates here and there, and a menagerie (of which I've posted before). I can't tell you how delighted I am to have found this drawing, which lives at the Tate.


A few Good Cats said...

A wombat, eh? Looks like a groundhog to us, but we live in Pennsylvania, where Punxatawny Phil sees his shadow every few years.

curator said...

I guess they do look a lot alike! I know Rossetti was always very excited about having a wombat.