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

Sitter associated with 30 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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P1273(4a)

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

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

x137525

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

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

x137526

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

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

x137527

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

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

x137528

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

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

x11881

The Burne-Jones and Morris families

by Frederick Hollyer
sepia-toned platinotype print, 1874
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x11881

x129536

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

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

x6953

'The pilgrims of Siena'

by Paolo Lombardi
albumen cabinet card, 1881
NPG x6953

x6955

'The pilgrims of Siena'

by Paolo Lombardi
albumen cabinet card, 1881
On display in Room 28: Wall case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x6955

x19600

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
NPG x19600

x19601

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
NPG x19601

x19602

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
On display in Room 28: Wall case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x19602

x19603

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
NPG x19603

x19604

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
NPG x19604

x19605

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
NPG x19605

x19606

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
NPG x19606

x19607

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
On display in Room 28: Wall case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x19607

x137703

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
On display in Room 28: Wall case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x137703

x137778

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
On display in Room 28: Wall case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x137778

x17991

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

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

x17990

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

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

x27587

Jane Morris (nee Burden)

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

x6954

'The pilgrims of Siena'

by Paolo Lombardi
albumen cabinet card, 1881
NPG x6954