Rossetti, Christina Georgina

POET (ENGLAND)
BORN 5 Dec 1830, London: 38 Charlotte Street (now: 110 Hallam Street) - DIED 29 Dec 1894, London: 30 Torrington Square, Camden
GRAVE LOCATION London: Highgate Cemetery West, Swain's Lane, Highgate

Youngest of the four Rossetti children. Because of her bad health she was often at home with her mother. Like her, she was a strict Anglican. Her engagement with the painter James Collinson was broken off because he was a Catholic. In 1866 she rejected Charles Bagot Cayley (with whom she was in love) because she did not consider him to be a christian. They remained friends. She wrote poetry and stories, some of them illustrated by her brother Dante Gabriel.

Work: "Goblin Market and Other Poems" (1862); "The Prince's Progress and Other Poems" (1866); "Sing-Song: a Nursery Rhyme Book" (1872); "Speaking Likenesses"; "Letter and Spirit".

Family
• Mother: Polidori, Frances Mary Lavinia
• Father: Rossetti, Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe
• Brother: Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

Related persons
• was a friend of Bell, Henry Thomas Mackenzie
• was written about by Bell, Henry Thomas Mackenzie
• was engaged to Collinson, James
• had work illustrated by Hughes, Arthur
• knew Ingelow, Jean
• inspired Khnopff, Fernand

Sources
• Crawford, Anne and others, The Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women, Europa Publications Ltd, London, 1983
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Jones, Kathleen, Learning not to be first, the Life of Christina Rossetti, The Windrush Press, Gloucestershire, 1991
• Marsch, Jan, Christina Rossetti, A Literary Biography, Random House, London, 1994

Images

The grave of Gabriele Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, William Michael Rossetti and Lizzie Siddal at Highgate Cemetery West, London.
Picture by Androom (28 Mar 2016)

 

The grave of Gabriele Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, William Michael Rossetti and Lizzie Siddal at Highgate Cemetery West, London.
Picture by Androom (28 Mar 2016)

 

Plaque for Christina Rossetti at 30 Torrington Square, London. She died in this house.
Picture by Androom (14 Aug 2016)

 


Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 11 Sep 2016