Jane Morris (née Burden)

1 portrait of Jane Morris (née Burden)

Jane Morris (née Burden), by John Robert Parsons, copied by  Emery Walker Ltd, July 1865 - NPG x137525 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Jane Morris (née Burden)

by John Robert Parsons, copied by Emery Walker Ltd
bromide print, July 1865
8 1/4 in. x 6 1/8 in. (208 mm x 155 mm) image size
Given by Emery Walker Ltd, 1956
Photographs Collection
NPG x137525

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  • Jane Morris (née Burden) (1839-1914), Embroiderer and artist's model; wife of William Morris. Sitter associated with 31 portraits.

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  • Emery Walker Ltd. Artist associated with 22 portraits.
  • John Robert Parsons (circa 1826-1909), Figure and portrait painter, photographer and art dealer. Artist associated with 7 portraits.

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The painter and poet, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was one of the original Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He first saw Jane Burden, a poor and uneducated woman, when she was just seventeen. Enchanted by her unconventional beauty he asked her to model for him. Jane was soon married to Rossetti's friend William Morris. After Rossetti's wife died he became obsessed with Jane, finding any excuse to gaze at her. In 1865, he commissioned these photographs of his sensual, statuesque model in preparation for the first of his many paintings - one way to possess her.

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