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Jane Morris (née 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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x17990

Jane Morris (née Burden)

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

x6954

'The pilgrims of Siena'

by Paolo Lombardi
albumen cabinet card, 1881
NPG x6954