This small collection of studies includes drawings by friends of the Rossetti family. David Scott was the brother of William Bell Scott about whom William Michael Rossetti: commented 'a painter of much superior mark [to W.B. Scott] ... some of whose ideal and historical inventions were better known to us and sincerely admired' (see W.M. Rossetti, op. cit., vol. 2, p. 396).
John Polidori was William Michael Rossetti's maternal uncle. He was Byron's travelling physician and author of The Vampyre, 1819, a Gothic horror story that became a best seller and was turned into an opera by Heinrich Marschner. W.M. Rossetti edited The Diary of Dr John William Polidori, published in 1911.