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Jane Morris (née Burden)

(1839-1914), Embroiderer and artist's model; wife of William Morris

Sitter associated with 31 portraits
In 1857, Burden was spotted by artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones in London, and was sought by them as a model. She sat initially for Rossetti and then for William Morris. The two became engaged and married in 1859. Burden was privately educated and recreated herself from the daughter of a stablehand into a lady. She was an accomplished embroiderer and worked with her husband in their furnishings business, embroidering items that he designed. In the late 1860s, Jane began a romantic liaison with Rossetti that lasted until 1876. She was the model for some of his most famous paintings, and her striking appearance provided him with inspiration for over twenty years.

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Jane Morris (née Burden), by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), after  Dante Gabriel Rossetti - NPG P1273(4a)

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), after Dante Gabriel Rossetti
photograph of drawing, albumen print, 8 October 1863 (1861)
NPG P1273(4a)

Jane Morris (née Burden), by John Robert Parsons, copied by  Emery Walker Ltd - NPG x137525

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by John Robert Parsons, copied by Emery Walker Ltd
bromide print, July 1865
NPG x137525

Jane Morris (née Burden), by John Robert Parsons, copied by  Emery Walker Ltd - NPG x137526

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by John Robert Parsons, copied by Emery Walker Ltd
bromide print, July 1865
NPG x137526

Jane Morris (née Burden), by John Robert Parsons, copied by  Emery Walker Ltd - NPG x137527

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by John Robert Parsons, copied by Emery Walker Ltd
bromide print, July 1865
NPG x137527

Jane Morris (née Burden), by John Robert Parsons, copied by  Emery Walker Ltd - NPG x137528

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by John Robert Parsons, copied by Emery Walker Ltd
bromide print, July 1865
NPG x137528

Jane Morris (née Burden), by John Robert Parsons, copied by  Emery Walker Ltd - NPG x199254

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by John Robert Parsons, copied by Emery Walker Ltd
bromide print, July 1865
NPG x199254

The Burne-Jones and Morris families, by Frederick Hollyer - NPG x11881

The Burne-Jones and Morris families

by Frederick Hollyer
sepia-toned platinotype print, 1874
NPG x11881

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Robert Faulkner & Co - NPG x129536

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Robert Faulkner & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, October 1879
NPG x129536

'The pilgrims of Siena', by Paolo Lombardi - NPG x6953

'The pilgrims of Siena'

by Paolo Lombardi
albumen cabinet card, 1881
NPG x6953

'The pilgrims of Siena', by Paolo Lombardi - NPG x6955

'The pilgrims of Siena'

by Paolo Lombardi
albumen cabinet card, 1881
NPG x6955

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19600

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
modern bromide print, May 1898
NPG x19600

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19601

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
modern bromide print, May 1898
NPG x19601

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19602

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
modern bromide print, May 1898
NPG x19602

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19603

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
modern bromide print, May 1898
NPG x19603

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19604

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
modern bromide print, May 1898
NPG x19604

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19605

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
modern bromide print, May 1898
NPG x19605

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19606

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
modern bromide print, May 1898
NPG x19606

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19607

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
modern bromide print, May 1898
NPG x19607

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x137703

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
modern bromide print, May 1898
NPG x137703

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x137778

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
modern bromide print, May 1898
NPG x137778

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Harry F. Phillips - NPG x17991

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Harry F. Phillips
platinum print on card mount, circa 1900
NPG x17991

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Harry F. Phillips - NPG x17990

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Harry F. Phillips
platinum print on card mount, circa 1900
NPG x17990

Jane Morris (née Burden), by Unknown photographer - NPG x27587

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, late 1900s
NPG x27587

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'The pilgrims of Siena'

by Paolo Lombardi
albumen cabinet card, 1881
NPG x6954

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