Dante Rossetti

Gabriele Charles Dante Rossetti (1828 - 1882)

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Gabriele Charles Dante (Dante) Rossetti
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Died in Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, England, United Kingdommap
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Gabriele Charles Dante Rossetti (called Dante) was born on 12 May 1828 in London, England, the second of four children to Frances Mary Lavinia Rossetti and Gabriele Rossetti.[1][2]

He was christened on 8 June 1828 at All Souls Church in Marylebone, London.[1]

Dante grew up to be a famous artist, poet and founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.[3]

On 23 May 1860 at Saint Clements, Hastings, Sussex, Dante married Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal.[4] Theirs was a long engagement, the pair had first met about 1851, when Elizabeth first sat for Rosetti as a painter's model.[2][5]

When a child was born to Dante and Elizabeth, it was sadly stillborn.[5]

Elizabeth died in 1862, having overdosed on laudanum.[2] Dante's grief was such that he decided to put a book of the poems he had been working on into Elizabeth's coffin before she was buried. The book was 'rather gruesomely' recovered some years later, and when published in 1870 the poems were received warmly by the public.[2]

Dante suffered a paralytic seizure in December 1881.[2] He died on 9 April 1882 in Birchington, Kent, England.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NV8V-SDM : 11 February 2018, Gabriele Charles Dante Rossetti, 12 May 1828); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 580,896.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Rossetti." 12 July 1928. The Queenslander, p. 64. Retrieved 17 April 2019 by Clare Spring from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/22950335.
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dante_Gabriel_Rossetti.
  4. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N6K7-Z99 : 10 February 2018), Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal, 23 May 1860; citing Saint Clements, Hastings, Sussex, England, reference 2:3B58WRS, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,067,178.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Rossetti's tragic wife." 5 June 1909. Kalgoorlie Miner, p. 10. Retrieved 17 April 2019 by Clare Spring from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/90987231.
  6. "Dante Gabriel Rossetti." Find A Grave. Retrieved 17 April 2019 by Clare Spring from https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/4051.

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