Alexander Mark Rossi (1840-1916)

Portrait of a young woman day-dreaming
signed lower right, s.d.

20,2 x 25,3 cm
37 X 42 cm (incl. frame)

Oil on panel,
in excellent condition.

This painting is available, ask for more information.


Rossi was born on the Greek Island of Corfu, the son of Dr Mark Rossi, an Italian who was one of the three judges presiding over the Ionian Islands during the time of British rule. On a visit to Preston, England in 1866, Rossi met and later married Jane Gillow. He remained in the United Kingdom thereafter. In the 1870s he moved to London.
Between 1871 and 1903, Rossi exhibited 66 works at the Royal Academy and was also a member of the Hogarth Club. Many of his paintings were of children and young adults, the models often being members of his own family. Perhaps his most well-known painting is Forbidden Books (1897).
After his first wife’s death, he married Silvia Tassart in 1902. He died in Golders Green, London on 9 January 1916.

Note: Some sources mistakenly give Rossi’s birth and death dates as 1870-1903, but these refer to the period when he was active in the London art scene.

Personal note:
This painting is in my posession since October 2018; before, it was in a private collection in the USA. It is an example of the ‘elegant era’, and Rossi’s mastery of mood and intensive colours.  It was one of the first paintings I ever bought and I still love it, it is available now because of my decision to focus on female masters of the 19th century.