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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 Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
NPG x137703


Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
NPG x137778


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
platinum print on card mount, circa 1900
NPG x17990


Jane Morris (née Burden)

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


Jane Morris (née Burden)

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


'The pilgrims of Siena'

by Paolo Lombardi
albumen cabinet card, 1881
NPG x6954

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