Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
1854. Oil on canvas. Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, USA. More. [Order a Print]
The subject, inspired by William Bell Scott’s poem ‘Rosabell
’, later re-titled ‘Maryanne
’, is that of a prostitute recognized by her former fiancé, a young farmer. She cowers beside the wall of a graveyard, symbolizing death and damnation