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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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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)

x137525

Jane Morris (née Burden)

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

x137526

Jane Morris (née Burden)

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

x137527

Jane Morris (née Burden)

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

x137528

Jane Morris (née 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
NPG x11881

x129536

Jane Morris (née 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 42 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x6955

x19600

Jane Morris (née Burden)

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

x19601

Jane Morris (née Burden)

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

x19602

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
NPG x19602

x19603

Jane Morris (née Burden)

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

x19604

Jane Morris (née Burden)

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

x19605

Jane Morris (née Burden)

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

x19606

Jane Morris (née Burden)

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

x19607

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by Sir Emery Walker
whole-plate glass negative, May 1898
NPG x19607